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Stay Energy Efficient This Winter With These Easy Tips!

homeowner-300x224The Holiday season can be an expensive time of year, what with buying presents, traveling or going on vacation, and throwing and attending parties and celebrations. The last thing you want to be doing is spending more money on energy bills than you have to. Here are some quick and easy tips for lightening the load on your home’s heating system and improving your energy savings overall.

Get your HVAC system serviced. It’s never too late to get your HVAC system inspected by one of R.S. Andrews’ expert heating technicians. Making sure everything is working well will help lower your heating bills, and help you prevent expensive (and uncomfortable) breakdowns in the future.

Insulate. How well insulated is your home? Ensuring that your home is fully insulated will maximize the effect of your heating system in the winter and your cooling system in the summer, allowing you to use less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature. Especially important is making sure your attic is properly insulated, as warm air escapes upward through an un-insulated attic in the winter, just as hot air pushes its way through an un-insulated attic and down into a house in the summer when you’re trying to keep cool.

Plug Those Leaks. Any holes or leaks in the walls of your house can compromise your insulation’s ability to keep heat inside the home effectively. Check in places like around the frames of your windows and doors, near electrical outlets and in recessed lighting fixtures for possible air leaks, then seal any you find with caulk, spray foam or weatherstripping.

Upgrade Your Windows. If you have single-paned windows, you may want to consider replacing them with double-paned windows, which use a layer of air sandwiched between two panes of glass to help limit heat loss. In a pinch, don’t forget that curtains and drapes over windows can be very effective in helping insulate when the temperature is particularly low.

Upgrade Your Water Heater. We’ve been talking about water heaters a lot lately, with good reason – if you haven’t had your hot water heater replaced recently, chances are that it is not very efficient compared to currently available models. Ask R.S. Andrews which hot water heaters are Energy Star Approved and for recommendations for your home.

Inspect, Repair and Insulate Your Ductwork. When your R.S. Andrews technician arrives to perform maintenance on your HVAC system, he can ensure that your ductwork is free of holes or cracks and is properly insulated for maximum efficiency. If you haven’t had your HVAC system serviced in a while, call R.S. Andrews today to schedule service.

Use Your Ceiling Fans to Circulate Warm Air. You already know that ceiling fans are great during the summer for moving cool air provided by your air conditioner around your home. But did you know that they are equally effective in the winter? Turn the blades on your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise, and they’ll push the warm air that collects near the ceiling downward into the living spaces in your home.

Unplug Appliances When They Aren’t In Use. Sounds like a no-brainer, but it never hurts to be reminded that when you’re done using that coffeepot, toaster oven, hair dryer, cell phone charger, or any appliance, be sure and unplug it completely so it doesn’t continue to draw (and waste) power.

If you have any questions about how to make your home more energy efficient, or you’re just ready to schedule service for your HVAC system so you can rest assured you’re getting the most “bang” for your energy dollars, give us a call today. It may be only 51 degrees in Alpharetta today, but real cold weather could be right around the corner, so give us a call – we’re always happy to answer Atlanta’s questions about energy efficiency and how to save money!

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