October 1, 2014

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Improve Energy Savings With A Whole-House View

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As you know, the Cleveland area can get awfully cold during the winter. You can’t be blamed for blasting your heating system in an attempt to warm up. The good news is that you can give your heating system a break and improve energy savings around your home by following some of these tips:

  • Service your HVAC system – Before the bitter cold months of winter hit northeast Ohio, have your heating system inspected by an expert technician. Making sure it’s working properly and efficiently will help lower heating bills.
  • Insulation – Insulating your home will help keep heat from leaking out or cold air from seeping in. Make sure to insulate your attic to keep rising warm air from escaping the areas of your home where it’s needed.
  • Plug air leaks – Check areas such as the frames around your windows and doors, electric outlets and recessed lighting for possible air leaks. Seal leaks with caulk, spray foam or weatherstripping, depending on the situation.
  • Upgrade windows – Do you have single-paned windows? If it’s practical, consider upgrading to double-paned windows to help prevent heat loss. In any event, use curtains and drapes as an extra layer of insulation during those cold winter nights.
  • Upgrade water heater – How old is your water heater? If it’s an older model, odds are it’s not very efficient. Upgrade to an Energy Star approved model to reduce the amount of energy used to heat your water.
  • Repair and insulate ductwork – Have a professional contractor inspect your ductwork for air leaks and then repair them. Insulating your ducts will help prevent heat loss as well.
  • Use ceiling fans – Use ceiling fans to complement your heating and cooling systems. You know how they help cooling in the summer, but in the winter, if the blades are switched to turn clockwise, they will help spread warm air more evenly through your home, allowing you to lower your thermostat by a few degrees.
  • Unplug appliances – Not using that coffee maker or hairdryer? Simply turning them off may not keep them from absorbing a small amount power. Unplug appliances such as these when not in use. The same applies to cell-phone and camera chargers that aren’t currently charging anything.

For more information about how to improve energy savings in your Cleveland-area home, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

For those Do it Yourselfers who would rather take control of your own indoor comfort, you can shop our online store for replacement parts, products and accessories!