As the calendar moves towards the end of the year, the arrival of cooler temperatures will put your home’s heating system back on the job. Every homeowner likely wants to keep their energy costs to a minimum, but not many are willing to sacrifice comfort in exchange for a lower heating bill.
With that said, you can lower your heating bill this fall and winter without forcing your family to shiver through the holiday season.
One of the easiest steps you can take to reduce your heating costs and prevent repairs is also one that many easily overlook. Failing to change your HVAC system’s air filter will lead to an inefficient situation where your heater has to stay on longer to get the job done. Replace this filter once a month or at least a couple times per season and you will help keep things efficient.
While you are at it, do not forget that your house’s air ducts also need a regular cleaning. Letting the hot hair circulate through a duct system coated in dust is unsanitary, but that dust can also slow the travel of the warmed air and make your entire system once again work less efficiently.
If you still leave your heating system on all day while at work, you are missing out on a big opportunity to save a decent amount of money on your monthly bill. With a programmable thermostat, you can have the heater automatically turn off at 8 a.m. in the morning when you leave for work. That same program can then turn your HVAC system back on at 3 p.m., giving your heater time to warm up the house before you get home.
When you typically think of a home’s heating system, you might think of the hot air being pushed out of the vents. But do not forget that you use energy every time you turn on a faucet or take a shower and your water heater kicks on to do its job.
One way you could lower your energy costs is to lower the temperature of your water heater. Sure, some people like to take scalding hot showers, but if you can get by with water that is 5 degrees cooler, this could lead to significant energy savings over the course of a month.
Your heating system will not be able to do its job if most of the heat keeps leaking outside. Have professionals inspect your home at least once a year to ensure that its insulation still gets the job done.
While you are at it, do not forget to check for drafty windows and doors. A garage door with a loose weather strip or a drafty window could cause your costs to rise. If your heating bill keeps creeping up month after month but you aren’t sure why, your home’s insulation or other seals could prove to be the culprit.
A regular inspection from a seasoned professional can ward out potential heating problems that could cost you money this fall or winter.
Campbell & Company is a licensed and bonded HVAC company that has served the Tri-Cities for more than 35 years. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and a seasoned professional will help you find and fix these potential issues. We look forward to answering all of your heating-related questions and meeting all your heating needs. Discover what a few simple things can do to lower your heating costs.