‘Tis the season to turn your heater on — and it’s also the season to see your heating bills rise as the temperature outside falls. If you aren’t careful, you could end up with astronomical heating costs, leaving you with little gift-giving money. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help lower your heating and cooling costs this winter. Below are some simple steps you can take to reduce the cost of heating this season.
4 Tips to Lower Energy Bills
1. Minimize Vent Fan Use
Your bathroom and kitchen vents can suck out hot air from your home. Try to reduce their use during the winter to keep the hot air circulating. Also, limiting the vent fan use in the kitchen allows the heat from your cooking to make it even toastier, warming your home quicker so your thermostat can get a break.
2. Change Your Filters
This may seem like a simple step, but that’s why it’s commonly overlooked. If you don’t change your filter regularly, your heater has to work harder to send out the hot air, which makes your heating and cooling bills rise.
3. Use Your Ceiling Fans
Most people don’t realize that ceiling fans can oscillate in two different directions. In the summer, run them counterclockwise to help push cool air down. In the winter, change the direction to rotate clockwise, which will help circulate warm air. To find the switch, look on the side of your ceiling fan above the pulls. If you aren’t sure, ask your HVAC specialist.
4. Get a Programmable Thermostat
It’s worth the investment to get a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to program your temperatures throughout the day and week. Changing your thermostat just a few degrees can save up to $100 a year on heating and cooling costs. That’s a big difference that adds up over time.
Freedom Heating & Air Conditioning has been in the business for over 50 years, providing Minneapolis residents with honest, reliable heating and cooling services throughout the year. If you need heater repair or have questions about your system, call an HVAC specialist today at (612) 306-6400. You can also visit them online to find out more about their heater services.