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Energy Tips

Winter Tips That Will Keep You Warm:

For most regions of the country, fall means forgetting about heating and air conditioning for a while. Crisp mornings and moderate temperatures during the day create a comfortable existence with lower-than-average energy usage. Right around the corner, however, is the first frost of winter and the promise of higher energy bills.

Is there anything you can do now to impact your energy usage? Absolutely! The transition period between the beginning of fall and the first days of cold weather is the perfect time to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency and weather resiliency, and service your heating system.

All of the following steps and recommendations can impact your energy usage.

Making your home as energy-efficient as possible during winter:

  • Install storm or thermal windows and doors
  • Caulk and weather strip all windows and doors
  • Ensure your fireplace has a tight-fitting damper
  • Tape and seal leaks in your duct system and coil enclosure
  • Consider adding insulation to your duct system
  • For extremely cold climates, wrap your water heater with an insulated water heater blanket
  • Seal gaps between heated and unheated spaces, including around pipes, ducts, fans and vents
  • Consider installing ceiling fans with reversible motors, which, in the winter, can push warm air that collects at ceiling level back down into the room
  • Install adequate insulation – we recommend at least R-19 insulation.
  • Make sure the registers (vents) in your home are open and not obstructed by furniture
  • If you have a variable speed unit inside, set your thermostat to continuous fan mode to continuously circulate the air in your home and make the temperature more even
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces monthly

If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider purchasing one. Programmable thermostats are a great way to control the temperature in your home for maximum energy efficiency.

We also recommend having your heating system serviced prior to the heating season.

Get the most out of your air conditioner:

Summer can be tough on your system, which is why it’s important to start the season off right.

One of the most important ways a homeowner can actively contribute to extending the life of his or her air conditioner is to have a yearly inspection prior to each cooling season. This will guarantee the unit is prepared to work properly and at maximum efficiency.

  • Before summer begins, have your home’s air conditioning system cleaned and checked by Archway Cooling & Heating
  • Invest in a quality whole-house air filtration system designed to capture a high percentage of airborne dirt and debris to protect your equipment investment
  • Clean or replace the filter every 30 days or per the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Add insulation to your attic and weatherproof your house by covering all exposed windows and by weather-stripping all doors and windows
  • Keep programmable thermostats at 78 degrees (F) or higher when not at home (for each degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees, you save up to five percent on cooling costs)
  • If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider purchasing one
  • Dust or vacuum the vents in your home often to ensure the free flow of cool air
  • Make sure your attic has adequate ventilation
  • Make sure the registers (vents) in your home are open and not obstructed by furniture
  • Close your drapes or blinds, especially when you’re not home, to keep your home cooler and save energy
  • If you have a whole-house humidifier, make sure the damper is in the “summer” position

Routinely replacing or cleaning the filters will help your air conditioner operate smoothly. Clogged or dirty filters block normal airflow and can reduce a system’s efficiency over time. In addition, take a walk around your yard. If trees or other plants shade your home, make sure that leaves and sticks are regularly cleared away from your air conditioner.