Tips to Help Increase Energy Efficiency During Winter

We are in the heart of winter here in Whitby, and by now you’ve probably paid a few heating bills. If you’ve been wondering how you can lower your bills without making a big purchase or major adjustments, our Advantage Airtech professionals have some tips for better, more efficient heating in Whitby this winter:

  • Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use – an open damper is akin to an open window through which your heat can escape right out through the chimney and also let in cold air.
  • Upgrade your thermostat – if you are still using a dial or slide thermostat for your home, you could be missing out on substantial savings. Why? Dial and slide thermostats are not as precise as digital thermostats; additionally, you can’t set a heating program with a dial or slide thermostat.
  • Cover drafty windows – whether you use air sealing plastic from a kit or hang some winter drapes, it’s important to cover drafty windows so they don’t negatively impact your heating.
  • Install ceiling fans – hot air rises, leaving the cooler air to settle down close to your floors. Installing ceiling fans forces the air in your home to circulate, making the air feel warmer.
  • Insulate your hot water heater – standby heat loss with a storage tank hot water heater can be as high as 30%; wrapping your water heater with an insulating blanket can greatly reduce this loss. NOTE: if you have a gas water heater, hire a professional to wrap your water heater to ensure safety.
  • Schedule maintenance – one of the best ways to ensure that your heating system runs optimally is to schedule a heating maintenance appointment every 12 months. Has it been longer than 12 months since your last maintenance appointment? If so, considering scheduling a maintenance appointment as soon as possible.
  • Have your insulation levels checked – insulation slows the transfer of heat, which is why it is so important. If your insulation is lacking, you could be paying for it in the form of higher heating bills.

Have questions? Call the experts at Advantage Airtech today and schedule an appointment.

Maintaining your budget throughout winter can be challenging, so we hope these tips can help you save some energy and money this winter.