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Tips for Boosting Your Heater’s Efficiency This Fall and Winter

The temperatures are cooling off! Soon you’ll be turning your heater on to keep your home warm through the coldest months of the year – if you haven’t already. In the summer, you want to make sure your AC is as efficient as possible to save money on your energy bill. Why should heating be any different? 

Heating your home during the winter takes a lot of energy. There’s just no way around it. But you can still take steps to save energy and boost your heater’s efficiency this fall and winter. And if you need heating service in Grand Rapids, MI, give our team a call. We can help you understand your system better and even make tweaks to increase energy efficiency. 

Schedule Your Heater

You may be thinking that you have enough to juggle without setting reminders to change your heat settings multiple times per day. But when you have a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to do any manual work. A programmable thermostat – also called a smart thermostat – can be preset to change temperatures at certain times of the day and even days of the week.

For example, you may want the temperature to be a little lower while you are away at work. But you want the temperature to increase a little before you get home from work so you can arrive at a comfortably warm home. You may want to change settings similarly when you’re out of town. 

If your schedule changes, no big deal. Just access your programmable thermostat from your home and override the presets to adjust to these changes. Keep in mind that if you don’t already have a smart thermostat, you want an expert to install it. Don’t be tempted to make it into a DIY job, because the installation may not be as easy as you think. 

Change Your Temperature Settings

We know how nice it is to come home from an especially cold day and snuggle up in your super warm home. But, are you keeping your home too warm? The US Department of Energy has a recommendation that homeowners keep their thermostat set to 68°F at the warmest to save money and energy. 

Lowering the temperature by ten more degrees while you’re at work or asleep can save an additional 5-10% on your bills. You want to keep your heater on, but set it lower without turning it off completely. Otherwise, your system has to work even harder to bring the temperature up to a comfortable level – using even more energy. Time to bundle up with some soft socks and cozy blankets!

Maximize Other Heat Sources

You can help your heater to be more efficient by maximizing your other sources of heat. For example, keep your blinds and curtains open during the day if it is sunny outside. This can make your home a little warmer and lighten the load on your furnace. At night when there isn’t any sunlight, you can wear extra layers and wrap up in cozy blankets to keep warm. 

Check Insulation

The best way to keep your home warm is to ensure that warm air can’t escape through gaps and holes. Check your doorways, windows, and even your attics and crawlspaces to ensure that air gets sealed into your home. 

Contact Peak Heating and Cooling to schedule an appointment with our professionals for your home services. We do things the right way, not the easy way.

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