Benefits of Heating Your Home Efficiently

People often want to save money while staying warm and cozy in the colder months, yet are other reasons to focus on efficiency, like reducing your impact on the environment. Here are some effective ways to heat your home efficiently.

1. Use Smart Technology

Investing in smart home technology is a step toward heating more efficiently. Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home from any location via your smartphone. By doing so, you can minimize the use of the HVAC system in an unoccupied home. Some technology has in-room sensors and automatically adjusts the temperature of empty rooms.

2. Use Your Ceiling Fans

Running the ceiling fans regularly initially may feel like a waste of energy. However, when the ceiling fans are on, they circulate air and help the HVAC system to work more efficiently. The small amount of energy used by your ceiling fans can be recouped through savings on HVAC system operation. During winter, make sure the ceiling fans rotate clockwise to push warm air down.

3. Seal Doors and Windows

Your HVAC system’s efficiency is affected when climate-controlled air escapes through leaky door and window seals. Because they are exposed to the elements, door and window seals can deteriorate. It is worthwhile to replace these seals annually as part of your regular home maintenance routine.

4. Upgrade Insulation

If your home is older or if it was built with lower-quality materials, upgrading the insulation will help increase energy efficiency. Thermal imaging testing can reveal areas where insulation in the walls and attic is insufficient. When you upgrade insulation, choose a material with a higher rating for better results.

Keep in mind that insulation can get damaged with age, pest infestations, and water exposure. Checking the condition of your insulation periodically is essential.

Steps to heat your home efficiently require a financial investment up front, but you’ll save money in the long run. Take your home’s needs into account when reviewing these ideas to determine the best steps for energy-saving results.

Evergreen Property Inspectors provide thermal imaging in home inspections to help you improve your home’s energy efficiency. Contact us to schedule an inspection in the St. Louis area.