Tips to Save Energy This Winter
Are you dreading the unusually high energy bills that go hand in hand with the frigid winter weather? Then you’ll be pleased to learn that there are some easy ways to reduce your winter energy consumption and to lower your utility bills. Here at DuPree Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re Joliet’s experts at energy-efficient heating and cooling. We’ll help you prepare your residential heating system for the worst of the winter weather here in Illinois.
Open Curtains During the Day
The sun is the world’s biggest source of natural heat, and that also means it doesn’t cost anything to warm up your home. During the day, opening up the curtains will allow sunlight to warm up the space. This technique is most effective with eastern-facing windows in the morning and western windows in the evening, but any windows will do. Even raising your home’s temperature by one or two degrees is enough to offset how hard your furnace has to work to achieve the same temperature.
Close Blinds at Night
Once the sun sets, your windows transform from a source of natural warmth to one of heat loss. This is especially true if you have older windows, wooden window frames, or single-pane windows. You may notice a draft or pockets of cold air near your windows at night. You can help insulate your home from this unwanted cold air by drawing the curtains at night. If you can still feel cold air coming through blinds, you can replace them with insulated curtains, which are specially designed to keep out cold air.
Close Doors and Vents in Empty Rooms
Most homes have rooms that go unused during the day, like bedrooms, guest rooms, and storage rooms. Heating up these rooms means you’re expending energy to warm-up rooms that aren’t being used. However, you can cut down on the energy loss by closing the vents in these rooms. You can double down on the energy savings by closing the doors to these rooms as well. By closing the doors, you’ll keep warm air circulating in the living area instead of dissipating into unused spaces.
Energy-Efficient Heating in Joliet
Winter is one of the hardest seasons in terms of home energy efficiency, but you can keep your home comfortable without expending too much additional energy with the right preparation. In addition to the DIY tips we discussed above, we also recommend getting a professional furnace tune-up from DuPree Heating & Air Conditioning. Our technicians will clean, calibrate, and inspect your heating system, so it’s ready to handle the sub-zero temperatures at peak performance. We also provide repairs and installations for heaters and air conditioners, so we’re your one-stop shop for all of your home comfort needs.
Call DuPree Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule furnace maintenance in Joliet!