3 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill
When winter arrives, there isn’t much you can negotiate. Sweaters, blankets, and thick socks are the rule of the season, and so is having heat in your home. But keeping your house heated can also be costly, especially if you’re not taking careful steps to make your heating system work for you as efficiently as possible. Use these tips to help you lower your heating bill this winter while also making your home a warm, toasty haven to escape the outdoor cold.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, investing in one can save you almost $200 a year. A programmable thermostat allows you to set temperatures that match your schedule. You can program it to lower the heat when no one is home or at night when everyone is asleep. If you will be gone for a whole day, you can program the thermostat to warm up the house just before you return home.
Take a step further and consider a smart thermostat that will allow you to program your home’s temperatures from your phone or computer, even when you are miles away.
Get Rid of Air Leaks and Drafts
If you have unusually high energy bills, there could be air leaks in your home. If you have air leaks, you may notice persistent drafts throughout the house. You may also notice that your heater isn’t meeting your demands. It could be struggling to compensate for all the air that is escaping from your house.
From an uninsulated attic to gaps and cracks around door and window frames, there are many places the cold air outside could be creeping in while the precious heated indoor air leaks out. You can prevent heat loss in your home by taking some relatively simple steps, like weather-stripping your doors, sealing your fireplace, and adding insulation to your windows.
Take Care of Your Furnace
Winter is the worst time to discover that your furnace needs repairs, but it happens to many homeowners. Getting your HVAC system properly serviced before winter can help you and your family avoid having to tolerate frustrating inconveniences while you wait to have your system fixed or replaced. A preseason check-up will make sure that your furnace is in good working order and able to serve you all season. Maintenance typically includes tasks like testing thermostat settings, checking fuel connections, and lubricating moving parts.
Some things you can do on your own include changing your air filter regularly to make sure air flow is strong. A dirty air filter will force the system to struggle and cause other problems. Keep a maintenance checklist, so you can stay on top of maintenance tasks each season. Taking preventive measures is the smartest way to get the most out of your furnace.
Making sure your home is well-sealed and your furnace is in great shape will make sure you and your family will have a warm home this winter. Extra efforts like upgrading a programmable thermostat will give you even more benefits in savings, control, and overall satisfaction.
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