How do you stay warm in winter without a huge energy bill? Arthur Hagar is here to help. Our team has been in Fort Worth for more than 65 years, and every step of the way we have been dedicated to giving you the best heating and cooling services in the area. We offer top-notch Carrier furnaces, heat pumps, and thermostats and affordable HVAC services to keep you cozy and within budget. In part one of this series on saving energy during the winter, we talked about using heat from the sun, lowering the temperature of your home at night, and more. Today, we’ll discuss even more tips on how to save energy and stay comfortable. Read on and call today Arthur Hagar today for HVAC services you can trust!
Good insulation is the key to a comfortable home. Without proper insulation, you will lose heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. Check places that might be leaking heat, like areas where pipes or electric lines lead outside your home. You can seal the area with insulation or expanding foam from a home improvement store.
Add or Replace Weatherstripping
Leaking air to the outside will challenge the efficiency of your heating system and cause it to pull more energy than it should to compensate. Weatherstripping for your doors and windows is a cheap and easy solution to escaping heat. Installation is a simple, straightforward process. If you already have weatherstripping, check it for wear and tear — it should probably be replaced every few years.
Check Your Chimney
If you have a fireplace, your chimney is likely a big culprit of heat loss. If you haven’t sealed it properly, you might as well have a window open. Make sure the damper is firmly closed when the fireplace isn’t in use, and check that the seal is snug. If you do use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by closing the doors leading into the room and opening the dampers at the bottom of the firebox if you can. It might be worth installing tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system to blow warm air back into the room if you use your fireplace often.
Keep Vents Free and Clear
It doesn’t matter how high you set your thermostat if your heat vents are blocked. Keep your system performing at top efficiency by moving furniture, rugs, and other obstacles away from vents and registers. Good airflow will prevent your heat pump or furnace from overworking and using more energy than it needs.
Get An HVAC Tune-Up
The most important way to stay warm and save money is to make sure your heating and cooling system is in peak condition. Try a few tips from our post on heat pump maintenance – like checking your air filter and ductwork for dirt or obstructions – to make sure your HVAC system is working the best it can. An annual maintenance check and tune-up is the best way to avoid a big problem with your heating and cooling system when you need it most.
Keep your home cozy this winter without a big bill. Check your home’s insulation, vents, and ductwork, and review part one of this series for more ideas. Arthur Hagar wants to help you stay toasty warm and stay within your budget, which is why we offer affordable HVAC services and financing for the big heating repairs you didn’t anticipate. We’ll help you every step of the way, from maintaining your old unit to installing a new Carrier furnace or heat pump. Call the team Fort Worth has trusted since 1949 and get a free estimate!