Make Your Home More Energy Efficient This Fall

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home efficiency tips new yorkThere is so much to love about autumn in Western New York. The stunningly beautiful fall foliage. The bountiful harvests from our local farms and orchards. Haunted hayrides. The cozy comfort of sweaters and flannel. Apple picking, apple cider, and apple cider doughnuts.

With a little effort now, you can enjoy the fall and save on your energy costs, giving you more money for fall fun!

Get Your Heating System Ready for Cold Weather

Regular maintenance helps your furnace or boiler run at peak efficiency, so you’ll use less energy to keep your house warm. A tune-up also allows your service technician to discover and repair issues before they lead to decreased performance, breakdowns, no-heat emergencies, and large repair costs. Early fall is a great time to have your heating system serviced, as our schedule is more open.

Use Your Programmable Thermostat Correctly

Your home’s programmable thermostat can help you save 10% or more on your heating bills. However, to get the most out of it, you must know how to use it. Follow these two simple steps to accomplish this.

Use the Sun for Free Heat

During the day, leave your curtains and blinds open to absorb solar heat. Remember to close them at night to keep all that heat you brought in, so you don’t have to use your furnace or boiler as frequently.

Turn Down the Water Heater

If your water heater is set to 140° Fahrenheit, the common manufacturer’s setting, it’s too high. That temperature is not energy efficient and poses a safety risk. Water that hot can be scalding, and the elderly, infants, and children are especially vulnerable. Change the temperature setting to 120°F. That’s hot enough for all the things you use hot water for, and you can cut your water heating energy costs by 10%!

Don’t Let Heat Out

Drafts around doors and windows, and through walls and ceilings in an average American home are the equivalent of leaving a window open 24/7. By using caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam to seal up those drafts, you’ll be able to stop sending money out the door (and windows). These easy DIY projects might save you 20% or more on your heating costs!

The early bird gets the savings! Contact us today to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up for your home’s furnace or boiler.