We all love the holidays … But they’re a bit expensive, aren’t they? Parker & Sons has tips on how to run your home more efficiently and save some cash:
- Take advantage of ‘green’ holiday decorations such as LED lights and DIY ornaments. LED lights may cost slightly more in the long run, but they use less electricity and save you money in the long run.
- Change your air filter. We always feel like a broken record when giving this tip, but that’s better than a broken furnace! Remember to change or at least check up on the filter – for some families, changing every three months is fine, but changing every single month may be necessary for pet owners! Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a clogged filter can save you up to 15% on your energy bill every month because of the reduced effort of your heating system?
- Regulate the temperature with holiday guests in mind. Have you ever noticed that when you have guests over, your home is more uncomfortable than ever? And that’s not just because Uncle Bill is making awkward jokes. It’s because more factors are influencing your home’s temperature and making it fluctuate! It’s cold outside, but at the same time, because of all the cooking in the kitchen, the temperature is hard to regulate. Here’s what we recommend: Use your range hood from start to finish while cooking, or use a window fan/box fan in the window if you don’t have a range hood. Or, crack open a window in general. These extra kitchen ventilation steps don’t seem like they’d save you money. Still, they do because you’re bringing down the temperature and can set your thermostat to a reasonably low temperature. Now your heating system has to work less during the holiday season, which saves you money!
- If you find that your home is still too cold for you (and especially if it’s always this way), or if you don’t want special guests or family members to feel like they’ve entered a freezer, we recommend investing in a space heater or electric fireplace for the room where people usually gather. We don’t recommend overheating multiple rooms because this could raise your energy bill, but you can turn on less power-intensive settings and heat one room instead.
- Keep the vents open! We want to clear something up – the “conventional wisdom” that you should close your vents in unused rooms to save money during the winter season is actually an old wives’ tale! First off, it could lead to mold and mildew buildup in your ducts (which has happened before). Second of all, you’re wasting energy because your heating system has to work harder when it can’t circulate air efficiently. Closing vents is a bad idea, so don’t do it!
Now that you know these five holiday hacks to try when running your heat, you can save money this season. But remember always to consult a heating and cooling professional before making any significant changes! And by the way, happy holidays from everyone at Parker & Sons! If you need heating service, you know what to do: schedule an appointment online or call us at (602) 273-7247!