As the winter months approach, you're probably looking for ways to lower your utility bills. One area of focus for many people will be heating. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce your heating bill while keeping your house warm and comfortable all season long. Let's take a look at some of the steps that you can take.
Take Care of Your Furnace
Taking care of and properly cleaning your furnace can actually help reduce energy consumption. You also want to make sure that it isn't being blocked by anything. A clean and unobstructed furnace can do its job efficiently and effectively, saving you money and keeping you warm.
Check Your Insulation
If your home is still cold even when you really crank up the heat, your HVAC system may not be to blame. Instead, all of that warm air could be escaping due to poor insulation. You'll want to pick up some and make sure that you're covering areas where the air could be escaping. We recommend taking a look in the attic. We also recommend using foam weather stripping for your doors and windows.
Examine Your Ducts
Your furnace could be the newest, top of the line model, but it's nothing without good ductwork. If you think that some of the warm air that should be circulating in your home is instead escaping elsewhere, have an HVAC expert check out your ductwork. We'll make sure that there aren't holes or any type of damage that could be causing costly efficiency issues.
Adjust Your Thermostat at Night
When you go to sleep everyone will be tucked in gently and snuggled under blankets. That means that it's a great time to lower the temperature on your thermostat. Turning down the heat just a few degrees won't make your family cold and uncomfortable, but setting a lower temperature will end up saving you some money on your monthly utility bill.
Get a New Furnace
HVAC equipment has only gotten better and better over the last few years. One area that manufacturers have really focused on is energy efficiency. That means that a new furnace might cost you some money upfront, but could end up saving you a ton of money on your heating bill. The new furnace eventually pays for itself. If your HVAC equipment is getting up there in age, it might be time to consider an update.
Take Advantage of Sunlight
You can also take advantage of the sun during the day. If you open up some curtains and let the sunlight in, you'll warm your home without needing to up the temperature on your thermostat. That will save you some money during the daytime hours.
Change Your Filter
If your air filter is dirty, your furnace has to work harder to heat your entire home. Changing out your air filter is a simple, yet effective, way of lowering your bill. Change it out at the start of the season and change it out more often, like once per month, if it seems necessary. Follow these tips, and you'll see a reduction in your heating bill before you know it.