Winter Energy Saving Tips in Houston
Here are a few things you can do to get ready for the winter.
- Install a programmable thermostat. This can be an effective way to control heating costs, allowing the thermostat to be set for a cooler temperature while you are away from home and at night while you are sleeping.
- Check the furnace filter frequently and replace or clean it as needed.
- A humidifier can help control heating costs because the moist air will feel warmer, allowing the thermostat to be set at a lower temperature.
- Adjust register openings in the home. Remember that heat rises, so registers should be partially closed upstairs.
- Avoid blocking registers with furniture, draperies or carpet.
- Purchase inexpensive, pre-cut insulation gaskets and seal out cold air entering the home through electrical switches and outlet plates.
- Closets and cabinets on outside walls can leak a great deal of cold air, so make sure the doors fit snugly and keep them tightly closed
- Get your furnace inspected. Avoid the last minute panic that occurs when you discover that your furnace is not going to turn on – by scheduling a furnace tune-up with Air Bourne Air Conditioning and Heating. We get very busy at the onset of winter, so it’s a good idea to schedule your appointment ahead of time. A professional furnace maintenance will work better and more efficiently, saving you money in the long run.