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How to Save Energy and Money on Home Heating
For St. Patrick’s Day, people may celebrate by wearing green, but it doesn’t mean they ought to forget about going green (in more ways than one) and encouraging environmentally friendly behaviors. To help ensure that a home is energy efficient this season and all year round, there are three changes or efforts homeowners can make when it comes to heating their home to save on energy bills. 
Use Ceiling Fans for Efficient Heating and Cooling
fanIt is important to note that the direction of ceiling fan blades can affect the temperature of a room. Though fans are typically associated with cooling, ceiling fans can be used to reduce the energy needed for heating. In the cooler months, homeowners should switch their ceiling fans’ direction from counterclockwise to clockwise. This will move warm air that has risen to the ceiling down into the living space below, allowing residents to feel warmer even if the heater is at a lower temperature. 
This will help to reduce energy costs because homeowners won’t have to run the heater as much. Make sure to switch back to the counterclockwise direction during the warmer months when the AC is used. This will create a cooling breeze and help keep the home comfortable while using less energy. Utilizing ceiling fans is a simple and effective way to save energy all year round.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
Clean and well-maintained air filters can make a heating system more energy-efficient and improve its performance. A dirty filter restricts airflow, forcing the HVAC system to work harder, consume more electricity, and potentially suffer premature wear and tear. Replacing or cleaning air filters regularly will reduce stress on the system and help it last longer, resulting in lower energy bills and fewer repairs. 
Additionally, routine filter changes can improve indoor air quality within the home, reduce dust accumulation on furniture and flooring, and help protect against respiratory illness due to airborne allergens. These benefits make keeping up with regular air filter changes a worthwhile investment for any homeowner. Timelines can vary based on the filter type, but they typically should be changed at least every three months. 
Install a Smart Thermostat
thermostatSmart thermostats are designed to optimize heating and cooling systems, providing more efficient temperature control that can save homeowners money on their energy bills. With features such as adaptive scheduling, which adjusts the temperature based on the time of day and occupancy of the home, smart thermostats can learn from behavior to keep temperatures comfortable while using less energy. 
Smart thermostats also have remote access capabilities, allowing homeowners to control temperature settings while away from home from their smartphones. Some models even offer integration with voice-control systems such as Alexa or Google Home, making it easier than ever to manage the thermostat. With a smart thermostat, homeowners can enjoy the convenience and energy savings of an efficient heating and cooling system.

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