Optimizing Your Energy Efficiency This Winter

Winter can bring with it high energy costs, and many homeowners seek ways to limit those big bills and optimize their energy efficiency this winter. At Comfort Pro in Reading, we offer a full range of heating services and have some basic recommendations that apply to all homes and homeowners.

Fall Tune-Up

Schedule a professional tune-up in early autumn before the real cold sets in. Your technician can conduct a multipoint inspection of the system, perform maintenance and make recommendations that can stave off any unfortunate surprises during winter.

Set Your Ceiling Fans Properly

Ceiling fans can play an important role in distributing warmed air throughout your home. Warm air rises, but fans set to a clockwise direction push that air back down. A home with adequate ceiling fans can have the thermostat set to about 5 degrees lower than a similar home without them.

Filter Replacement as Needed

Dirty filters can have a surprisingly big effect on heating costs. To avoid any inefficiencies, check them once a week, and swap them out as soon as you notice that sheen of trapped dust particles.

Consider Localized Heating

Local heat sources can be a great way to achieve ideal comfort without excessively heating the entire home. A zoned system is the most modern way to do so, but you can also use natural sunlight, fireplaces and space heaters to get the local heat you need.

Smart Temperature Selection

Rather than have one target temperature, you should have several or more depending on how you use your home. You can, for instance, have a target temperature for while you sleep, are at work and are actually in the home. A great way to do this is with a programmable—or better yet, smart—thermostat. Such products often pay for themselves in the first winter alone.

Your Comfort Solution

Comfort Pro in Reading not only specializes in home heating, but we also offer air conditioning services, geothermal solutions, duct cleaning, and indoor air quality services. Contact us at your convenience to learn more about these services and to schedule an appointment to optimize your energy efficiency.

3 Energy Efficiency Tips

nergy Efficiency TipsHigh energy bills are something that can be managed and avoided if you take some steps to conserve energy. Here are some energy efficiency tips for your Reading, PA home.

1. Lower the Temperature on the Water Heater

Most people will set the temperature on their hot water heater to 140 degrees. In fact, that is the default. However, the Department of Energy recommends that the temperature be set at 120 degrees. It will take a quick minute, but can save a couple of dollars each month, depending on how much hot water your household uses. You should not feel a tremendous difference when you shower because the water should still be plenty hot.

2. Insulate Heating Ducts

You can minimize the energy loss in your ducts by sealing and insulating them. When your ducts leak, it will take more energy than it otherwise would to heat your home. This is because air is leaking into areas that do not need to be heated, costing you money for unnecessary electricity. Insulating the ducts will mean that almost all of the air stays in the ducts and can reach the area of the home that it’s intended to. It is difficult to keep all of the air in the ducts, but increasing the retention will save money.

3. Use a Programmable Thermostat

When you program a thermostat to automatically change the temperature in your home, you can increase and decrease your power requirements based on factors like the outside temperature and whether you will be at home. This can cut your heating bill by up to 15 percent. The amount of savings will vary based on how much you turn back your heat or AC when it’s not needed.

Trust the Professionals

Heating and cooling professionals can help recommend actions that you can take that can cut back on your heating and electricity bills. In the Reading, PA area, you can trust the services of Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning for your heating and cooling needs. Give Comfort Pro Heating & Air Conditioning a call today to find out how you can save money!