The winter months have arrived! While Charleston doesn’t have record cold temperatures, it does get chilly enough to run the heat in your home for days or even weeks at a time. However, even turning on the heat in your home for a few days or weeks this winter can increase your energy bills more than you would anticipate. We have gathered some tips to help keep you warm in your home without always having to turn on your heater.
On windy, chilly days, pay attention if it feels like there is a draft near windows and doors. Even small drafts can allow heat to escape your home, which will drive up your energy bills. This is a sign that you need to fill in any gaps with weatherstripping or caulk. Weatherstripping can be used in windows and doorframes, while you can use caulk as a permanent filler to seal those pesky leaks.
While we won’t provide fashion advice, we can make suggestions to keep you warmer in your home and to prevent you from always turning on the heat when you feel cold. Wearing warm clothes indoors can help your comfort and also prevent you from cranking the heater on. Even though Charleston’s temperatures aren’t like the arctic, it’s still a good idea to have cold weather clothes available. Cozy socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, thermal clothing, scarves, and even gloves and hats can help keep you warmer during the winter months. When you start to feel chilled in your home, put on an extra layer of clothes instead of adjusting the thermostat.
If you turn your water heater temperature down, this can help reduce energy costs. When outdoor temperatures drop, even a small drop in the water temperature will most likely go unnoticed. When your water heater’s target temperature drops slightly, it will use less energy each time it cycles to bring you hot water.
If you have an older HVAC system in your home, it will probably use more energy than a new system would. Since most of your home’s energy bill comes from using your HVAC system, investing in a newer system will reduce your energy bills for the next several years. Additionally, older HVAC systems often have parts that need replacing, which can become costly, especially once your system is no longer under warranty.
Our customers love that we are available 24/7/365 for all of their heating, air conditioning, insulation, and indoor air quality needs. We want you and your family to stay comfortable in your home this winter, so don’t hesitate to call us if your system has issues. Contact us at 843-406-1700 to schedule an appointment today!
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