Sarasota, Florida, is lucky to have mild winters with only a few days dipping into low temperatures. Warming your home can still take a lot of power, but there are plenty of ways to conserve energy when winter sets in. Here are our top three ways to stay warm while saving energy this winter.
Switch Fan Directions
Many homeowners don’t realize that switching the direction their fan blades turn can make a difference in energy savings. Warm air rises naturally, leaving the air that’s closer to the ground cool. Having your fans rotate clockwise during the winter draws that warm air down and redistributes it throughout your home, helping to reduce the load on your HVAC system.
By keeping that air in circulation instead of letting it go to waste, you don’t need to use your system as much, but you still stay cozy.
Switching your fan direction isn’t the only circulation-related way to save energy. It’s tempting to cozy up to your heat source, whether it’s a fireplace, vent, or space heater when the temperature dips. However, this can lead to reduced circulation of heat, and therefore, leave the rest of your house chilly.
Items such as couches, chairs, and thick blankets absorb heat, leaving less warm air to get to the rest of your home. Keep some space between your heat source and any furniture or upholstery to get the widest circulation of heat.
Insulate the Pipes
A warm shower is fantastic when the temperature dips, but if your pipes aren’t insulated, your water heater will be taxed more than normal as it works to negate the effect of cold weather on your water temperature.
If your pipes are exposed to the weather, you’ll see higher utility bills, and your water may never actually get to the correct temperature. Get your pipes insulated if you have exterior, unprotected portions to increase your energy savings.
If your utility bills are soaring during the winter months, you may need an expert to check your plumbing and HVAC system. Aqua Plumbing & Air can help you improve your efficiency. Give us a call at 941-306-3715 to set up a consultation today!
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