As the temperature continues to drop in the winter, your heating system works harder to keep you and your family warm at home. Based on studies, heating a typical home accounts over 70% of household energy consumption, and this can go higher depending on the weather outside.
Yes, cranking up your system works in keeping you warm, but it’ll only increase your bill. For homeowners, there’s great value in figuring out ways to combat the cold without turning up the heat. Here are simple yet effective ways to do so.
Reflect the Heat
Unlike standard radiators, radiator panels work by warming the air above the heater, which then rises and displaces the cooler air above it. These radiator panels create an air current that distributes hot air by reflecting the heat throughout the room. They are relatively cheap and easy to install.
Check the Dampers
For most homes in Orlando, FL, ductwork contains dampers to adjust airflow. Look for handles and markings on your ductwork such as ‘summer’ and ‘winter.’ Be sure to set the damper handle parallel to the duct line for maximum airflow and to have total control of your room-by-room temperature. For assistance, feel free to contact us anytime.
Reverse your ceiling fans
Are you aware of your ceiling fan modes? If not, the summer mode (forward) is to force air downwards to create a cooling effect, while the winter mode (reverse) is to help force warm air up and circulate it around a room.
Some fans have remote control capability; however, others have a wall switch or a pull cord. Turn on your fan and look directly up at the blades. Make sure they are rotating in a clockwise direction.
Call in the Professionals
If you’re indeed serious about giving your home a complete overhaul and improve energy efficiency altogether, then you will need the help of a reliable and proficient contractor. At A-1 Heat & Air Conditioning, Inc., we take a holistic view and suggest measures appropriate to your home, budget, and offer estimates according to your needs. Schedule an appointment today; click here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.