Cooler temperatures are on their way and keeping you and your family warm within the walls of your home should be a top priority on your list this winter season. Energy costs tend to become more expensive during cool temperatures, and keeping your home warm and comfortable can cost you extra money if you do not know how to manage your thermostat properly. Not only can controlling your thermostat keep energy costs down, but there are other simple steps you can take as a home owner to lessen the cost of energy your home uses this winter while still keeping you and your family warm.
Upgrading an Old Thermostat to a Digital Programmable Thermostat
If you are living in an older home, chances are you are dealing with an old thermostat. Thermostats that have dials and sliding components tend to become giant energy wasters. While changing or upgrading your thermostat to a more modern efficient functioning thermostat may not seem like it would make that big of a difference, you are mistaken. Programmable thermostats are an affordable upgrade that will allow you to set a heating schedule so your HVAC system doesn’t heat your house while you are at work, on vacation or will be gone out of the house for most of the day.
Energy Savings for Programmable Thermostats
Homes that have a programmable thermostat and set it at no higher than 68 degrees during the winter tend to save between five and fifteen percent on energy costs. While 68 degrees to some may sound a little too cool for comfort during the winter months, consider making choices that will help to keep you and your family warm while inside the home. A space heater is a great way to keep a room warm that you and your family spend a lot of time in together. Close the doors of the room and turn the space heater on, you will find that you can even lower your thermostat to a temperature less than 68 degrees when you have a space heater keeping you warm.
Natural Heat Sources
Another great way to heat your home without paying a great deal of money to energy bills is using natural heat. The heat of the sun can warm a room very quickly. Opening up drapes or curtains to allow the natural light into a room can make quite a difference in temperature.
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If you are struggling to keep your home warm and comfortable, think your thermostat may not be working properly or would like to know how to lower your energy costs by properly heating your home, contact Ambient Heating and Air Conditioning today.