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How To Save Energy During Winter

Posted by Overhead Door San Angelo

Feb 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Yesterday, it was announced that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow...that means we're in for 6 more weeks of winter. Whether you like the cold weather or not, we can all agree that it's nice to save money on your energy bills. But it seems impossible when you have to keep the heat on, right? Not necessarily! Find out how to prepare your systems to save you money during the winter!Piglet-Piggy-Bank-Economical-Finance-Save-Ceramic-1595992.jpg

Attic

  • Upgrade your insulation – you should have at least 6-7 inches
  • Repair large holes in the attic
  • Seal exposed ductwork

HVAC

  • Lower your thermostat settings during the night to save an average of 15% on your energy bill! (But don’t forget the blankets!)
  • Install foam insulation gaskets behind electric outlets and switch plate covers.
  • Consider purchasing a humidifier to achieve and maintain a consistent, warm temperature.
  • Check air furnace filters and replace if necessary.

Fireplace

  • If possible, avoid traditional fireplaces as it can suck the heated air out of your home.
  • Replace old/loose fireplace dampers and install a sheet-metal insert.
  • Close the fireplace damper and seal the opening shut when not in use.

Windows & Doors

  • Install DIY plastic film storm windows.
  • Seal off unused rooms
  • Close the doors and windows whenever possible.
  • Open south-facing windows and curtains, drapes, and blinds in the daylight
  • Check your window frames for cracks and your doors for leaks.
  • Repair any broken window panes.

Fireplace

  • If possible, avoid traditional fireplaces as it can suck the heated air out of your home.
  • Close the fireplace damper and seal the opening shut when not in use.
  • Replace old/loose fireplace dampers and install a sheet-metal insert.

Garage Doors

Your garage can be a tough place to be this time of year. Have you ever considered insulating your garage doors to keep the heat in and the cold out? Last week's blog tells you exactly how!

We hope you enjoy this last bit of winter! And remember, for all of your garage door needs, contact Overhead Door!