It's one extreme to another here in North Carolina - we switch off the air conditioner and turn on the furnace. Finding ways to give your wallet a break and keep your energy costs low while heating your home is on the minds of all of our customers.
The pros here at Choice Heating and Air have compiled their favorite tips and tricks for keeping those energy costs at bay. Are you in need of AC or heat repair in Wake Forest NC? Call Choice HVAC to schedule an appointment. We offer free quotes.
Ways You Can Help Your Heater
Adjust Your Thermostat at Night
The US Department of Energy estimates that homeowners will save an average of 10 percent on their utility bills by dropping their thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. Turning the thermostat down while you're in bed, snuggled up under the covers, is the perfect time to let your furnace have a break. Consider installing a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature for you so that you don't have to remember. Program it to kick on about thirty minutes before you wake to make sure your bathroom is nice and toasty for that morning shower. Take advantage of time away from home during the day to turn the thermostat down as well and save even more.
The same thing that keeps us uncomfortable in the summer can make you comfortable in the winter. Moist air holds heat better and feels warmer and can help you feel more comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.
Bring on the Sun
During the colder months, open your blinds and curtains and let the sun shine in. Turning your thermostat down while you are away and allowing the sun's rays to warm your home means that your furnace is working less and you return home to a warm house. Add a programmable thermostat in to this equation and your furnace will have less work to do to reach your desired temperature with the sun's help.
Don't turn up the thermostat, add cozy layers. Setting your thermostat ten degrees lower and adding warm socks and a snuggly sweater can save you another ten percent on your heating bill. Invest in some throw blankets and add an area rug to insulate cold floors. Enjoy warm beverages and turn the oven on and bake to help raise the temperature in your home.
Use Those Ceiling Fans
Changing the direction of your ceiling fans helps improve airflow and ensure that your home is heating evenly throughout the rooms. Counter-clockwise movement pushes hot air up during the summer and clockwise movement traps the heat in your rooms during the cooler months. A low speed setting helps push the hot air back down.
Keep It Clean
This is by far the most important and easiest way to keep your energy costs down during the winter months - keep your air filters clean. Whether you use disposable or reusable filters - a dirty filter makes your unit work harder than it needs to. Eliminate this issue by changing your air filters regularly. Also, having your HVAC unit cleaned and inspected annually can keep expensive repairs and emergency service calls in check. Choice Heating and Air is proud to offer annual HVAC service plans that include a full inspection, cleaning and evaluation of your home's system.
Age Is an Issue
Lastly, if your furnace is over 12 years old it may be time to replace your unit. Most units begin to lose efficiency after 10 years and become up to 50 percent less efficient. Newer units boast an impressive 95 percent plus efficiency rating. Ask us about our extensive product line up and our exceptional installation services. When you need a heat repair in Wake Forest NC that you can trust, call Choice Heating and Air. Schedule your complete fall tune up and ask about our in home comfort evaluation.
Affordable and Dependable Heat Repair in Wake Forest NC | Choice HVAC
Call Choice HVAC of Wake Forest if you want a technician to check out your furnace before winter. We’re the leading provider for heat repair in Wake Forest NC, and all of Northern Wake County. You'll be met with a friendly face when you open the front door because we love what we do. We have years of experience serving clients throughout the Triangle so you can be certain that you're getting the best service in the area. Call us today!