There’s a lot to look forward to during the fall and winter in St. Louis, Missouri. We can’t wait to take a break from work and enjoy well-earned time with family and friends. However, with cooler weather comes the need to turn up the heat. Even though you’re careful not to turn your home into a sauna, your utility bills inevitably end up climbing. The source of such a climb is often lower energy efficiency, and that’s a problem you can handle. Save energy this fall and winter by understanding where your energy goes and how you can conserve more of it.

Maintain an Efficient Temperature to Save Energy

The colder it gets outdoors, the more you want to turn up the heat. We understand. But the more degrees between the temperature outside and indoors, the harder your heating system must work. As a result, it’ll use more energy to maintain your prescribed level of comfort. This means you should keep the temperature as low as comfortably possible, preferably around 68.

Does 68 degrees sound too cold for your taste? If so, there are other ways to stay warm.

Wear warm clothing. Drink warm beverages. Carry a blanket around the house with you. It’s less important that your house is cozy and more important that you are.

During the day, you can also open your shades and allow natural sunlight to heat your rooms. Just remember to close the shades at night to prevent warm air from escaping.

Save Energy By Sealing Your Home

One of the central culprits in winter energy loss is the relatively small air leaks in your home. Air leaks are difficult to completely prevent. Many of them form around doors and windows over time, as metal and wood expand and contract with changing temperatures.

While you may not be able to prevent air leaks, you can seal them to prevent warm air from leaving your home and cool air from seeping in. Both require your system to work harder.

Start by looking for air leaks around your home. Leaks aren’t always made apparent by actual drafts. Look for dirt around windows and doors, where leaks have allowed particles in. Place weatherstripping against the door frames, and caulk around the windows.

Cut Off Vampire Energy For Savings

Kids in costume aren’t the only vampires you’ll likely experience this fall and winter. While a vampire sucks blood, vampire energy sucks power when you’re not using it.

Any electronic, such as your TV, phone charger or gaming console, draws power as long as it’s plugged in. It doesn’t even have to be powered down to do it.

There are a couple practical ways to cut off vampire energy in your home. You can unplug your electronics when you aren’t using them. You can also plug them into a power strip, and turn it off when you aren’t using any of the electronics.

Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance

Without maintenance, your heating system will strain itself attempting to maintain comfort in your home during the winter. That makes fall is the perfect time for HVAC maintenance.

Without a checkup and tuneup, your HVAC system may operate inefficiently and use more energy than necessary as it heats up your living space.

During a routine HVAC maintenance appointment, your local HVAC service technician will evaluate the system’s performance, conduct necessary repairs and clean the system. All of this leads to greater energy efficiency and the assurance that you’re getting your money’s worth.

You deserve to enjoy the holiday season. Don’t let utility bills and wasted energy sap even a minute of fun from the fall and winter. To get a handle on your HVAC energy efficiency, call Averill Heating and Air Conditioning at (314) 427-3825.

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