Any drastic change in temperature can have a huge impact on your electricity bill. Using the heater in the winter can be a life or death situation in some parts of the country, especially in areas with below freezing temperatures. However just because it is a necessity to run your heater doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to do so that are more efficient. Lets face it heating costs can soar during peak winter months and so can your utility bills. Here are some tips to help you lower heating costs during winter.
#1 Invest in a New Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can help lower your heating costs during winter by automatically lowering the temperature of your home by 10-15 degrees when you aren’t home, or when you are sleeping. This can help lower your heating costs during winter by 10%, plus the more efficient your home is the lower your carbon footprint!
#2 Replace or Clean Furnace Filters
By replacing or cleaning furnace filters you can also lower your heating costs during winter. Dirty furnace filters can obstruct air flow, which can make your heater work harder, raining your heating costs. By replacing or cleaning furnace filters you can not only lower your heating costs during winter, but also improve the air quality in your home.
#3 Have a Heating Inspection
Aside from replacing or cleaning furnace filters you should have your heating unit inspected once a year, especially before heavy usage. A thorough inspection by a qualified professional will ensure that your unit is running efficiently and safely. A professional HVAC technician will check for any leaks and broken parts, and will clean and make sure all mechanisms are properly lubricated.
#4 Reduce the Temperature on Your Water Heater
By reducing the temperature on your water heater you can lower your heating costs during winter by roughly 10%. The higher the temperature you water heater has to maintain the higher you heating costs are going to be. You may also want to consider upgrading your water heater to a more efficient tankless water heater.
#5 Check For Air Leaks
Its important to check around your house for air leaks in order to lower heating costs during winter. Check around windows, door jams, the foundation, attic, outlets, pipes etc… If there is an air leak hot air can easily escape and cold air can easily penetrate making you heater work hard to maintain the temperature. Consider caulking around windows and door jams, install new weather stripping, install more insulation, and fill any holes that may allow for exposure. By ensuing that your home is properly sealed off from the elements you can lower heating costs during winter.
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