Winters in the greater Tallahassee area are generally mild compared to more northern areas, but a heater is still an essential piece of equipment. With an average of 32 nights with temperatures at or below freezing, it can get downright cold! Fortunately, you don’t have to drive up your energy bills to keep everyone comfortable. When the mercury plummets, the following heating system tips can save you money and ensure you stay warm and toasty.
In the average home, 5 to 30 percent of the money spent on heating is wasted through air leakage. Drafty windows and doors are the primary culprits. If you can rattle a window, it’s wasting heat. Seal it with weatherstripping. Use a can of insulating spray foam to plug up other leaks in exterior walls. For less than the cost of dinner and a movie, you can lower your heating costs and improve your comfort.
If you feel like your heating costs are going through the roof, take a quick trip up to your attic. Around 90 percent of American homes are under-insulated. If you can see floor joists between your existing insulation, chances are you’ll save money by adding more. When shopping for additional insulation, check the R-value, which represents how well the material resists heat. Aim for a total R-value of between R30 and R60.
Proactive Heater Maintenance
Before temperatures plunge below freezing, schedule a professional tune-up for your heating system. The cleanings, checks, and calibrations performed during maintenance will optimize its efficiency, saving you money on monthly energy bills. Heating systems perform better with regular maintenance, and they last longer too. Best of all, you’ll have minimized worries unexpected breakdowns on those cold winter nights.
At Advanced Air Care Heating and Cooling, we specialize in energy-saving comfort solutions that improve indoor comfort. For more information on how to stay warm this winter, check out our heating services or call us at 850-688-9265.