With cold winter temperatures just around the corner, Complete Mechanical offers some energy saving tips for heating your Seattle home. Because every penny counts in today’s economy and with fuel costs seemingly increasing every day, the Seattle Heating Experts at Complete Mechanical suggest you have your furnace/boiler’s yearly tune-up before winter.
1. Reduce Your Thermostat
By reducing your thermostat below 70•, you can realize substantial savings on your energy bill. For every degree you reduce below 70•, you will save as much as two percent (2%) of natural gas used to heat your home. By donning extra layers, you can reduce the temperature to 67• and still be comfortable. Seattle’s Heating Specialists advise turning your thermostat to 55• when you are away from home for extended periods of time. You might consider reducing your setting to 55• when at work, for example to save on natural gas usage during the day. Additionally, they advise reducing the thermostat setting to 55• during the night, when you go to bed as well. By installing a timed thermostat, you can set the temperature to increase an hour before you wake and an hour before arriving back home from work. This way, the temperature will be comfortable during waking hours. This decrease during away or sleeping hours can save as much as 20% on heating bills!
2. Furnace Filters
Replacing furnace filters every month will assure free airflow. Restricted air flow from dirty filters increases efficiency and energy usage. Scheduling a furnace tune-up by Complete Mechanical before winter can save up to 5% of energy costs.
3. Hot Water
Be certain that your water heater is set at no higher than 120• F. This is considered the “normal” setting for any water heater. Check the owner’s manual for your dishwasher to assure that this is sufficient water temperature for the unit. Maintaining the hot water at 120•F can result in as much as a 7% savings in energy costs to heat the water. Be sure that your water heater tank is properly insulated and insulate at least the first five feet of hot water feed line to help maintain the temperature.
Determine where any leaks may be in your home and seal them accordingly. Leaks around windows or electrical conduits are best sealed with caulk. Check under your bathroom and kitchen sinks for wall and floor penetrations, seal as indicated. For larger gaps, like pipe chases, ask your local Heating Expert the best solution. Check all bathroom fixtures (tubs, showers, etc.) for air infiltration and seal as indicated.
Consider replacing older furnaces, heat pumps and water heaters for more energy efficient models. Although the initial cost may seem unnecessary, the ultimate savings may well be worth the investment. Contact Complete Mechanical for an energy audit of your home’s HVAC and water heating equipment.