Do you want to keep your heating bills low? There are several tips that you can follow to ensure that your family will stay comfortable during the cold season without leading to a huge energy bill.
Sometimes, we take for granted the amount of money that is wasted on our energy bills. We think that it is a necessity. That means it is okay if we have to spend a lot of money on it. While it is true that this is a necessary expense, that does not mean we should be reckless with our energy consumption. It is not just about the money we will save. It is also about the positive effects that it will bring to the environment.
Of course, spending less on our heating bill is still an effective motivating factor in encouraging you to lower your energy consumption.
The question is, how do you lower your energy bill while staying warm this winter season?
Here are a couple of tips that you can implement.
Make sure the filer is clean
Start by looking at the filter of your heater. If this is dirty, you need to clean or replace it with a new one. A dirty filter will compromise the quality of air that circulates in your home. But more than that, it will also make the heater work harder to push out clean air. All the dirt will hinder it from working properly – thus making it consume more energy than it has to. Usually, a filter needs replacement every 1-3 months. This depends on what you are using.
Install a smart thermostat to improve your heating system’s efficiency
The digital age has made even our house appliances and systems smarter. If you want to lower your heating bill, you need to invest in a smart thermostat. This will allow you to control the temperature in your home even when you are not there! This means you can change the temperature when nobody’s home and then adjust it accordingly before anyone does. That way, you will not be wasting money heating the house when nobody is at home.
A smart thermostat will also give you a report that will determine how much fuel you are really using up. This will make you more cautious about how you will use it to warm your house. All of these can be controlled and accessed through your mobile device – so that is a really great way to monitor your energy bill.
Never forget regular maintenance check for your heating system
While there are things that you can do to ensure that your heater is working properly, there are still maintenance tasks that only a professional can do. If you force it, you might end up making things worse. This is why you need to schedule a regular maintenance check for your HVAC system. This will ensure that it will always be working properly. When it is always in good condition, it will not consume too much energy. Not only that, but it will also lengthen the life span of your HVAC system. You do not have to worry about expensive repair or replacement costs.
Layer up and adjust the temperature at night
There is a lot of opportunities to lower your heating bill at night. If the family is about to sleep, you do not have to warm the house as much as you need to during the day. Everyone will be under the blankets anyway. So increase the thermostat and just ask your family to put on a sweater and use thicker blankets. Lowering the thermostat by a couple of degrees will already help you save money on your bills.
Check the windows and doors for leaks
Before things get really cold, you might want to check the windows and doors of your house. You should make sure that there are no leaks. If there are, you might want to seal it. This will make warm air seep out of the house – making it cooler. This will force your heater to work harder to warm the rest of the house. Check for drafts and buy sealants to correct them. You can do weather stripping by applying sticky foam or rubber insulation along the frame of doors and windows. Or you can opt to do caulking instead. It is up to you what you want to do to keep the cold winter air from coming inside.
By doing these simple tips, you should be able to keep your heating bill really low. These tips are actually applicable throughout the year. Just maintain your HVAC system regularly and you should be able to save a lot of money on your electric bill.
Contact us if you want to schedule maintenance and see if your heating system is functioning properly?