The weather is already turning cold in Cleveland. That’s why now's the time to learn about seven home energy-saving tips you’ll want to utilize this fall and winter.
- Use drapes to your advantage: Dress your windows with thick drapes in the winter to help insulate them. At night, close the drapes to take full advantage of their insulating power. On sunny days, open the drapes to let the sun help warm your home naturally. If you take the time to remove the screens from the window, studies show that you can pickup an additional 25% of this "free" warming effect from the sun.
- Run ceiling fans correctly: Ceiling fans may seem like summer-only devices, but try putting the fan on reverse and running it on low. A clockwise motion in the winter helps circulate warm air trapped at the ceiling back down to the living space without creating a cooling draft.
- Install low-flow faucets and shower heads: Hot water is more expensive in the winter because incoming water is so cold. Lower your water heating bills by replacing standard fixtures with low-flow faucets and shower heads.
- Lower the water heater temperature: You can cut back on water heating bills further by setting the water heater temperature to 120 degrees instead of the standard 140 degrees. This also reduces the chance of scalding at the tap.
- Apply caulk and weatherstripping around windows and doors: Drafts that are prevalent around windows and doors make you feel less comfortable and raise heating bills. Caulk is used to seal stationary joints around window and door frames, while weatherstripping creates a gasket-like seal at movable joints to keep chilly winter air out.
- Replace the furnace filter: Start by replacing the filter in the fall when you use your furnace for the first time that season. Then, check the filter once a month and change it when it gets dirty, waiting no longer than three months between changes.
- Run the whole-house humidifier: Humid air feels warmer so you can turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees without feeling uncomfortable when you evenly humidify the entire home.
With these home energy-saving tips in mind, you’re ready for an efficient fall and winter. To learn more, please contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We proudly serve homeowners throughout the greater Cleveland area.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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