It feels like the weather has really taken a quick turn toward winter. If this winter is anything like last winter, long and cold, it would be a good idea to have your home as energy efficient as possible. In order to do this, you may want to have a professional energy audit. If that is not possible, You could perform a Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Assessment. You can visit the Department of Energy’s website for more information on how to best do that.

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When you do the audit, you might find air leaks that need to be covered over. You may also find other things that you could do to help save on heating costs this season.

Here are some things you can do:
1) Cover or insulate air leaks. Seal up drafts by adding weather stripping to doors and covering windows with plastic.
2) Service your heating systems. Boilers and furnaces need regular service and cleaning to run efficiently. The average cost of a yearly Clean and Tune-Up costs an average of $100. Not only will this service save you money in fuel costs, it could also save you a big headache when you wake up in the middle of the night to a cold house because your furnace has broken down. With a yearly service, your tech has a chance to replace warn or failing furnace parts.
3) Install a programmable thermostat or a programmable Wifi thermostat. You can save up to 10% on your heating costs by properly programming your thermostat to lower the temperature in the evening or while you are away.
4) Make sure you home has adequate insulation.
5) Install ceiling fans if you don’t already have them. Heat rises, so when you reverse your ceiling fans, they can help circulate warmer air back down to the floor.
6) Over time, work toward purchasing energy efficient appliances.
7) Consider replacing your old furnace or boiler. New models are much more energy efficient than older models and have the ability to save you money in the long term.
8) Do some research. There are lots of sites on the internet that have great information on saving energy, alternative energy and best practices in home energy efficiency. Who knows, you just may learn something fascinating.

Carey Plumbing and heating services Midland, Sanford, Coleman and the entire Mid-Michigan area. If you think you may want to change out an old furnace, boiler or water heater for a new energy efficient model, we would be happy to give you advice about the latest products on the market and how they can help save you on your heating costs. Call 989-687-2044 or email us at: careyphc@careyphc.com.