When the winter months start rolling in, the expected rise in energy bills due to heating costs will make you dread the coming cold even more. However, this does not always have to be the case. There are a few things you can do to reduce your energy costs in the colder months of the year.
1. Utilize the heat of the sun whenever you can – no, we are not exactly suggesting that you go solar (although it is a good idea). We are instead suggesting that you let in the sun’s heat and rays whenever you have the chance to do so. When the sun is out, open your drapes to let its heat into your home. Before the sun sets, close your drapes in order to retain as much of the day’s natural heat in your home as possible.
2. Check your attic’s insulation – a lot of homes in the US actually do not have ample insulation in their attic, and this is one of the reasons why energy bills are so high. Proper attic insulation helps keep warm air in during the winter and cold air in during the summer. This makes heating and cooling systems work less, which in turn helps in keeping energy costs down.
3. Check your ductwork, vents, and baseboards for blockages – when your vents, ducts, and baseboards are blocked or simply dirty, your heating system has to work doubly hard to keep your home warm. This is because the warm air does not reach the places it should because of these blockages. Unobstructed vents and ducts are the only things providing your home with warm air.
4. Have a professional check your heating system for flaws and needed changes – having your heating and ventilation system checked by a professional will save you a lot of money in energy costs since they can suggest much-needed changes to your system. These changes will help make your heating and cooling system work more effectively in the long run, thereby lowering energy costs considerably.
These are just a few of the things that you can do to help reduce energy costs during winter. If you are looking for a professional to help with these in Hilton Head, Beaufort, Bluffton, SC , Summit Services is the company to call. We specialize in duct cleaning, indoor air quality, and energy assessments, among other things.
Contact us today or call us at 843-508-8478 to find out how we can help you lower winter energy costs and to learn more about what we can do for you and your home.