Each year winter arrives. When that happens, thermostats go up, furnaces start working harder than ever, and heating bills start to rise. You shouldn't have to become a pauper just to stay comfortable in your own home. Here are a few simple ways to help you control your heating costs during cold days and winter months.
Find Other Ways to Stay Warm around the House
When you're home, instead of turning up the thermostat, try turning it down. Every degree down you go will decrease your heating costs. That doesn't mean you have to force yourself to become accustomed to cooler temperatures in your home. Instead, warm up in other ways.
If you can turn the thermostat down and keep it down, you will definitely see some cost savings. Try to remain consistent. It's okay to turn it up now and then, but save it for specific times of the day or night. Make sure you turn it back down when you're done, or learn how to leverage a programmable thermostat.
Take Advantage of Free Heat During the Day
Have you ever stood by a window while the sun was out during a cold winter day? Chances are you felt the heat from the sun, but not the cold from outside. This is something you can take advantage of.
During the day when the sun is out, open those curtains or blinds on the windows facing the sun. This represents a free and low-level form of passive solar heating.
Do Routine Maintenance to Maintain Efficiency
You should have your HVAC system inspected, serviced, and cleaned once a year. Not only will this help to keep your heating system free of issues, but it can also help you lower your heating bill. A maintained system will maintain its efficiency.
When your heating system operates at peak efficiency it will do a far better job of giving you the heat you need without overworking the furnace to do it. That will translate directly into savings on your energy costs.
Seek Out Professional HVAC Services to See What More You Can Do
There's a lot more you can do to save on your heating bill. The best thing you can do is ask an HVAC services professional for additional options or suggestions. A contractor can perform an energy audit and give you more general tips for your home.
For example, the contractor can help you figure out which areas of your home may need sealing or additional insulation. Every home is different. Having a professional help you figure out a plan for your specific space can help you save even more on your heating bill each year.
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