Keeping your home warm through the winter can be tricky, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Depending on your heating system, the average heating bill can be in the hundreds or even thousands.
But you don’t need to be a hostage to your HVAC system this winter. There are a few ways to reduce your heating bill, including:
1. Take advantage of existing heat
Many of the things you do around the house on a regular basis generate heat, whether that means cooking or taking a shower. When you shower, leave the bathroom door open and the fan off to let steam circulate into other rooms.
During the daytime, keep your blinds or curtains open to allow sunlight to heat your home. Just be sure to keep your windows covered once the sun goes down – particularly if you have older windows – to keep cold air away.
2. Keep an eye on your thermostat
Turning your thermostat down just a few degrees can reduce your heating bill by as much as 10 percent. Try to turn it down even further when you know no one will be home for an extended period.
A programmable thermostat can help you adjust the heat on a pre-set schedule, so you can turn down the temperature when you’re at work or asleep. While you’ll have to pay to have it installed, you’ll get that money back by cutting your heating bill.
And in the end, you’re probably not likely to notice if your thermostat is a few degrees lower. The same goes for your water heater: you could turn it down from 140 to 120 and not feel a difference.
3. Sweaters, blankets and socks
When your feet get cold, the rest of your body feels cold along with them, so be sure to wear socks when you’re at home. If you’re still chilly, put on a sweater or bundle up under a blanket before you hike up the thermostat.
4.The great heat escape
Another way to reduce your heating bill: Stop heat from escaping unnecessarily. When the heat is on, keep doors and windows closed. If you have a fireplace that isn’t in use, keep the flue shut, and turn off ventilation fans that aren’t needed.
On way to establish whether heat is escaping is by lighting a candle. Put the flame near doors, windows and light fixtures and watch for smoke moving horizontally. That’s the sign of an air leak, which can be corrected with caulking or weather-stripping.
You could also head outside to check the exterior of your heating unit. Make sure nothing is stacked against your heat pump, and keep the outside of the unit clear of dirt and leaves.
And finally, keep your vents clear. It’s all too easy to unwittingly block them with furniture or rugs, which keeps warm airways bottled up and lowers their potential. Clear the way, and you’ll notice more warmth.
5. Get a check up
Your heating system will be at its most efficient if you keep it properly maintained. Have a licensed technician look at your system before winter comes, and do some HVAC maintenance of your own by checking the filters to make sure they’re clean. It’s another simple thing you can do to reduce your heating bill.
Winter is fast approaching. If you need to get your heating system checked before it arrives, All Seasons Comfort Control can help. Our technicians have spent more than 15 years helping homeowners save money on their heating costs by providing reliable, expert service. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.