5 Ways To Save Money On Your Heating Bills

It’s no secret that utility costs typically skyrocket during the winter months, and your home’s HVAC system is partially to blame. However, by utilizing some simple tricks, properly maintaining your heating system, and investing in energy efficient HVAC upgrades, you can warm your home while also saving money on utility costs.

  1. Know when to let mother nature in — and when to keep her out.

One way that you can optimize any available natural heat during the cold winter months is to allow sun exposure into your home by opening the blinds. Once the sun goes down, close the blinds to prevent the nighttime chill entering your home. Also, opening doors and windows as little as possible will help keep your home warm.

  1. Set your thermostat to the lowest temperature possible.

The simplest way to save money on your heating bill is to reduce your heat to the lowest setting that you are comfortable with. Doing so limits the work that the HVAC system has to perform to heat your home, essentially using less energy. Turning the temperature down an additional 10-15 degrees for at least 8 hours per day can save around 10% yearly on your energy costs. It is recommended that this is done while you are sleeping throughout the night or away from the home to ensure maximum comfortability.

  1. Invest in programmable or smart thermostats.

Programmable thermostats present the ability to adjust the temperature setting automatically. Certain thermostats can be programmed to change temperatures throughout different times of the day. There are also smart thermostats that can be adjusted remotely by a smartphone, making the process more manageable.

  1. Confirm that all heating features in your HVAC system are updated and efficient.

One necessary step in optimizing your HVAC system this winter is to seal all air leaks that might exist around windows and doors. Implementing these adjustments prevents warm air from escaping your home, as well as eliminating the possibility of cold air entering your home. Another aspect to consider adding and maintaining in your home is insulation. Having insulation in your walls and attics also keeps the warm air in and the cold air out, which reduces the need for high energy use while running your heating system. It’s also essential to regularly inspect and change your filters. When filters are dirty, airflow is constricted. This unfortunately forces your HVAC system to work harder to heat your home, resulting in higher energy costs.

  1. Schedule winter maintenance for your HVAC system.

To ensure that your HVAC system keeps you and your family warm this winter, be sure to schedule routine maintenance. When we visit your home for maintenance, we will identify any concerns or repairs that are necessary to keep your system at its top performance. If you’re ready to schedule a maintenance checkup or have any questions regarding cost efficient ways to heat your home, call us at 972-548-1323.

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