If you’re like most homeowners, you strive to do everything you can to save a few bucks on your monthly bills. Since temperatures will start dropping soon, now’s the time to start thinking about how to reduce your heating bills this winter. These winter home heating tips will keep you comfortable and keep more money in your pocket this year:
- Hire a professional: The top way to save money is to hire a professional to inspect and tune-up your heating system. A quick maintenance call will boost your system’s energy efficiency and reduce the chance of one of those dreaded midseason breakdowns.
- Install a programmable thermostat: If you haven’t upgraded to a smart thermostat yet, now’s the time to do so. A smart thermostat allows you to easily adjust your home’s temperature when you’re out of the house or sleeping. Lowering the temperature by a few degrees can save you up to 10 percent on your monthly heating costs.
- Close your chimney flue: Spending an evening around a roaring fire is a great way to warm up and relax, but an open chimney flue lets out the same amount of heated air as a wide-open 48-inch window. Be sure to close the flue when you’re not using your fireplace.
- Adjust your ceiling fans: Running ceiling fans during the winter might seem like a silly idea at first, but setting them to run counterclockwise is one of our easiest winter home heating tips. Turn your fans on the lowest setting to help push hot air back down towards the floor.
- Install a door sweep: We lose a surprising amount of hot air through the bottoms of our doors. If you feel a draft near any exterior doors, buy a door sweep to seal the gap between the bottom of the door and the threshold. These only cost a few dollars and can pay for themselves in no time.
- Work the drapes: Opening your curtains or blinds during the day gives you free solar heat and can go a long way in helping with winter heating savings. Just remember to close them after the sun goes down to reduce heat transfer through your windows.
- Change your furnace filter: Dirty furnace filters can raise your energy bill since the furnace has to work overtime to push hot air through your house. Mark your calendar to change your furnace filters each month. This quick task can reduce your heating bill by up to 5 percent.
- Adjust your water heater: While it doesn’t involve your HVAC system, you can reduce your winter heating bills by adjusting your water heater. Many of us use more hot water during the winter months, so to reduce your heating bills, consider lowering your water temperature from 140 degrees to around 120.
Schedule your maintenance call today
Start maximizing your winter heating savings by contacting our team at Cassel Air Conditioning and Heating Service today. A quick tune-up will lower your heating costs while ensuring your furnace works to the best of its ability all winter long.
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