During the fall and winter in Alexandria, Virginia, you may have to deal with increased energy costs. As a homeowner, you must be aware of the common concerns during these seasons and how to reduce your energy costs. Here’s a list of the three most common energy concerns you can face during the cold seasons and some solutions to those problems:
Increased Energy Usage
You’ll use a heating system extensively during the winter. Not only will you want to heat your entire home, but you’ll also need more hot water. You can reduce your energy usage by maintaining your furnace and warming your space with sunshine during the day. You can also remove obstructions in the furnace through monthly filter replacements.
Additionally, you can control the amount of natural heat that comes into your home. Open the curtains to let natural warmth into your rooms during the day. Close the blinds at sunset to retain the heat.
Energy wastage is common during the fall and winter. You can save energy by using zoning to only heat the rooms you use rather than the whole house and finding other ways to stay warm. For example, warm bedding can keep your family comfortable at night and allow you to turn off the heat.
Another great way to eliminate winter energy wastage is to improve your insulation. Improved insulation helps you reduce your home energy usage and keeps your home warmer by blocking loopholes. As a result, it’ll help minimize how much you spend to heat your home.
Inefficient Heating Systems
If your home feels unbearably cold during the winter, your heating system may be faulty. An inefficient HVAC unit will have to work harder to heat your home. As a result, it’ll impact not only your comfort but also your energy bills. Whether it’s a faulty thermostat or damaged fans, schedule a professional inspection if your heating unit performs below expectations or breaks down frequently.
If you need to upgrade your furnace or improve your energy efficiency, Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. Our services can help you reduce your winter heating bills. Call us today at 703-783-0145.
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