If you’ve ever had a panic attack looking at your first energy bill of the winter, then you know all about what running the heater can do to your energy costs. Fortunately, we’ve got a few easy tips that can help you save money and stay cozy this winter.
The simplest way to save some money on your heating costs is to adjust your thermostat. Even lowering the temperature by 1 degree can save you around 3% on your heating costs. Set a programmable thermostat to automatically run lower at night or at times of the day when you’re not at home.
Check that your thermostat is located in an area of your home that is generally the same temperature as the majority of the house. If it is positioned close to an exterior door or in a drafty area, it will kick on more often than it needs to, overheating your home and costing you more money. You can easily have a professional HVAC tech move the thermostat to a more temperate area.
Lowering your thermostat a little doesn’t mean that you have to be uncomfortable in your home. Wearing socks or slippers around the house will help you to feel more warm at cooler temperatures. Dry air, which is a wintertime feature in Utah, feels colder as well, so running a humidifier can also make you more comfortable. Open the blinds or curtains on south or west facing windows during the day, especially in the afternoon, to let the sun help you heat your home. Be sure to close them once the sun goes down to keep the heat in.
Performing regular maintenance on your furnace, ductwork, and vents will also keep your heater running more efficiently. Remember, the filter needs to be changed about once a month during the winter, so add it to your monthly cleaning list.
Increasing Home Efficiency
Have your heater inspected before using it each year to make sure it’s running safely and efficiently. If you haven’t already considered it, upgrading to an Energy Star rated unit is a great way to heat your house more efficiently. However, an efficient furnace won’t do much good if the home around it isn’t built to keep the heat in. If your house is older, you may want to consider updating your insulation, windows and doors in order to keep your heating bill down. Small things like adding weather stripping under doors, and new caulk to windows can make a big difference.
Don’t let your heating bill leave you out in the cold, especially in the winter months. With just a little bit of time and effort, you can save yourself a lot of money this winter. If you have more questions about how to make this possible in your house, call us! We’d love to be of service!