Winterizing Your Home (Part 1 of 2)
As the saying goes, if you do not like the Indiana weather, wait a few minutes. But, make no mistake – when Indiana winters arrive, you will notice! Whether you love or hate winter, you should always make sure your home is ready for what comes with it. This blog will be broken into two parts, and aims to help you prepare for the cold, and make the season a little less expensive and a lot more enjoyable.
Realize The Old Farmer’s Almanac is not just for farmers
Everyone knows there is no guarantee when it comes to weather prediction. Still, that should not prevent you from looking up projections from well-known and trusted sources. Beyond your standard local news channel, there is a resource that has been using a 225-year-old formula to calculate accurate weather forecasts… any guesses?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac was first released during George Washington’s presidency, and has since maintained an 80 percent accuracy rate. From 1792 until present-day, many people still rely on the formulas in the publication in order to know what to expect.1 Concerning the 2017-2018 midwestern winter, the Almanac anticipates higher-than-average precipitation (including snow), but a lack of bitterly cold temperatures.2
Make sure the inside of your home is at peak performance
With “smart” devices becoming all of the rage, take a look at what options you could integrate into your home. For major savings, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust to the behavior and energy requirements of you and your family. It does so by monitoring activity levels in different rooms throughout the home, and activating the HVAC system to heat or cool accordingly. Commercial Service offers Honeywell thermostats with a 5-year warranty, and after purchasing one from us and letting us carry out the warranty and replacement, it is more affordable than risking a DIY replacement.
Upgrade your appliances
Did you know that roughly 20 percent of your electricty bills’ balances come from constantly-running appliances? According to a Time Magazine article, opting for Energy Star-qualified dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators can drastically reduce those amounts. In fact, some Energy Star appliances use up to 50 percent less energy than those manufactured just 15 years ago, whereas other Energy Star appliances are 40 percent more efficient than their modern competitors that lack the Energy Star label.4
Choose LED bulbs, even for those Christmas lights
According to the Energy Department, residential LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. And savings-savvy homeowners can even upgrade their holiday lights. The estimated cost of electricity to keep a six-foot tree lit 12 hours a day, for 40 days, is 10 dollars with incandescent C-9 lights, compared to 27 cents with LED lights of the same size.5
Cover up inside, too
You may find it extreme, but keeping your indoor temperatures low, wearing sweaters, and taking advantage of a good blanket has been a proven solution. You can save about five percent on heating costs for every degree you drop your thermostat in the 60-70 degree range. The California Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Center suggests a maximum setting of 68 degrees during the day. Unless you have a heat pump, consider cranking the thermostat setting down to 55 degrees when you are sleeping or away from home for an extended period.This small sacrifice can slash up to 20 percent from your heating bill.6
Let the professionals sign off on your system
A trained Commercial Service technician will be able to perform a thorough examination of your HVAC system with the proper tools and expertise to ensure that it is ready for winter. Once you have scheduled your HVAC check-up, use Trane’s HVAC maintenance checklist to understand what your Commercial Service technician will be looking for.
Now that you are aware of some things you can do to get the inside of your home ready, visit our site again in a week to learn how to prep the exterior of your home. In the meanwhile, schedule your preseason HVAC check-up and maintenance appointment before it becomes too late! Schedule an appointment with our easy Online Scheduling or by calling 812-339-9114.
Continue with Winterizing your home (Part 2 of 2)