Home Winterization Tips
Winter is coming—but don’t crank up the thermostat just yet! With the U.S. Energy Information Administration projecting a 13% average increase in home heating fuel costs this winter, winterizing your home (yes, even in Orlando!) can help you save money on energy costs. The experts at Greens Energy Services have put together a helpful home winterization checklist so you can keep your home toasty and warm without emptying your wallet on energy bills.
From furnaces to fans, contact the HVAC professionals at Greens Energy Services to help you navigate the complicated world of heating systems and keep your home comfortable all winter long!
Heating System Winterization Checklist
- Replace the filter – increase efficiency, lower costs, and improve air quality.
- Check the efficiency – routine, professional HVAC maintenance from experts at Greens Energy Services can help you ensure you won’t have a mid-season breakdown. HVAC systems 10 years or older may be wearing down or even need to be replaced.
- Switch fans to reverse – in the summer, your fans rotate counterclockwise to blow cold air down, but changing fans to a clockwise rotation in the winter helps to recirculate the hot hair pooled near the ceiling, saving you from using extra energy!
- Turn down the water heater – the default for many is 140 degrees, but 120 degrees is plenty for most homes. Those 20 degrees could save you 6 – 10% on your bill says the S. Department of Energy.
- Clean the vents – experts recommend having a service technician clean the vents every year or two so that air flows freely and clear of obstacles.
- Update your thermostat – the latest programmable thermostat technology is a great tool to efficiently manage temperatures and ensure your comfort.
- Seal air ducts – homeowners will lose nearly a third of heating air due to leaky or poorly connected air ducts, according to ENERGY STAR®. This can be prevented with routine maintenance.
Looking for a cost-effective and easy solution to your heating system’s maintenance needs? Contact the team at Greens Energy Services for superior care and furnace maintenance service.
Outside the Home Winterization Checklist
- Clean gutters and downspouts – clear pathways allow water to run freely away from your home to prevent water damage from rainwater overflowing the gutters.
- Drain fountains and hoses – shutting off the water valve to outdoor faucets can prevent a frozen pipe disaster.
- Care for the air conditioner – if you want to be sure your AC unit works next time you need it, scheduling cleaning and maintenance services will have it running like a well-oiled machine.
Piping and Insulation Winterization Checklist
- Use a draft stopper – prevent cold air from coming in underneath your door. According to the S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 to 30% of energy use per year.
- Add insulation – Did you know an insulated home loses a quarter of its heat through its roof? Adding blown-in fiberglass insulation can keep the heat inside where you want it!
- Mind the gap – caulk or apply weather stripping to gaps and places where warm air can escape.
Why Winterize Your Orlando, FL Home?
You wouldn’t leave your window open all winter, right? By not taking the time to winterize your home, you might as well be doing that. By taking the time to do furnace maintenance, care for equipment outside your home, and minimize drafts, you could see some serious savings on your energy bill. A little bit of time and maintenance can help protect the investment you’ve made in your home, keeping it in peak condition.
The comfort specialists at Greens Energy Services can provide you with the information you need to make sound HVAC decisions when winterizing your home this year—contact us today to get your questions answered and get your home ready for winter!