Making it through the winter comfortably doesn’t have to mean sky-high utility bills. If you often notice an increase in energy usage during the cooler months, you may be interested in taking steps to cut down on costs. Here, we share a few tips for keeping your home warm throughout the winter without breaking the bank and overtaxing your HVAC system before a home inspection.
Only Heat Rooms That You Use
If certain rooms of the house are often unoccupied, close the vents in those areas to preserve energy. This will allow heat to be redirected to the most highly populated rooms, ensuring that your household will stay comfortable during the coldest parts of the year.
Turn Down the Thermostat While You Sleep
It’s possible to save up to 10% on your utility bills by turning down the temperature at night. Most homeowners prefer to keep the heat going during the day while they’re active, but letting the HVAC system rest for about eight hours is a great way to conserve energy. If you decide to go this route, be sure to have plenty of blankets on hand to stay comfortable throughout the night.
Open the Curtains During the Day
If your home has south-facing windows, the Department of Energy recommends opening the curtains during the day to allow natural light to filter in and warm the space. In sunny areas like Denver, drawing back the curtains can make a big difference in the warmth of the home and will provide an opportunity to give the heater a break.
Most homes develop small gaps or cracks around windows, doors, and chimney openings. If you’ve noticed an air leak, make it a priority to seal the area to fix the draft. This simple change can make a big difference in your energy usage, particularly during the winter months. To learn more about caulking and weatherstripping, please visit this site.
Saving energy during the winter can give your HVAC system a much-needed break before scheduling a home inspection. HVAC problems can throw a wrench in an otherwise uneventful evaluation, so consider tuning up the system and doing what you can to help it perform its best. When you’re in the process of listing or selling your home, working with a qualified home inspector is a must. Our team at Homerun Inspection has served the Denver area for more than 20 years, and we emphasize excellent customer service and fast, thorough results. To get started, please get in touch or book an appointment online.