When the temperatures start to drop in Austin, we crank up our thermostats, grab the blankets, and buckle in for the cold. The decreased temperatures usually mean an increase in our winter energy bill – but this doesn’t always have to be the case!
At Champion AC & Plumbing Austin, we are passionate about keeping you warm while saving you money. We’ve created a list of five preventative measures you can take to ensure that your home is as energy-efficient as possible.
Read below to learn more!
How Can I Make My Home Energy-Efficient During Winter?
Weatherizing your home for the winter is the process of taking measures to protect the interior during the colder months. It might be a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be like second nature.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Did you know that you can save up to 10% yearly on your energy bill by making small adjustments to your thermostat? You can do this in winter by lowering your heater by 7-10 degrees while you’re asleep and when you’re away from your home. Your wallet will thank you later!
Weatherstripping is an easy, cost-effective way to save money this winter. Weatherstripping is a type of tape that can be bought at any hardware store that is used to seal air leaks around windows and doors.
Weatherstripping is perfect for older or especially drafty homes. Less air loss means big savings on your heating bill!
Biannual Heater Tune-Up
Getting routine HVAC maintenance is extremely important to ensure that your heater is doing its job. The last thing you want is for your HVAC system to kick the bucket mid-winter. We recommend getting system maintenance at least twice a year.
Heater maintenance has many benefits other than keeping your furnace in good shape like
- Lower monthly energy bills
- Maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty
- Improving the air quality in your home
Call Champion AC & Plumbing Austin for your biannual heater tune-up and we’ll make sure your system is running smoothly! Our trained professional technicians are ready to solve any heater issues you may have.
Schedule An Energy Audit
If you want a professional look into how efficiently your home is using energy, an energy audit is a great investment. A professional auditor will come out to your home and use a variety of tools to get a complete picture of energy usage and make recommendations based on their findings.
Energy audits can even save you up to 30% on your energy bill.
Let The Sunshine In
Knowing when to open your blinds during the winter months can make your home more energy-efficient. On days when the sun is shining, open your blinds to let the sunlight naturally warm your home. At night, close the blinds and curtains so that less heat escapes through the windows.
This is called passive solar heating and is a great simple way to save energy this winter.
Call The Pros!
Whether you have questions about weatherizing your home or you’re ready to schedule a heater tune-up, Champion AC & Plumbing Austin has got you covered! We’ve proudly served the Austin area for years and we specialize in offering energy-efficient solutions and products.
Contact us today to schedule!