Your heater or HVAC system adds a significant amount to your monthly electric bills, but you need not shut the system off and suffer in the heat. Combined with regular HVAC maintenance, these tips can help you lower the amount of energy your system uses each month.
4 Ways to Reduce Your Heating Costs
1. Pay Closer Attention to Your Thermostat
In addition to reducing energy costs, maintaining better control over your thermostat will help lower the need for HVAC repair calls. To begin, set your thermostat as high as possible while still maintaining a comfortable climate. When the house is going to be vacant, such as when everyone leaves for work and school, turn the system down by 10 degrees. Alternatively, invest in a smart thermostat that lets you control your system via a smartphone app. This will give you even more precise control over your energy usage.
2. Turn Off Your Ceiling Fan
Perhaps you saved money for air conditioning by using your ceiling fan this summer. If this is the case, you may still be in the habit of keeping the fan running. You can save money on your electricity bill by turning it off in the fall and winter.
3. Conduct Routine HVAC Maintenance
Your HVAC system requires preventative maintenance and repairs. By having a technician conduct preventative care at the start of the fall, you can identify problems early and ensure the system will function efficiently. Additionally, you can visually inspect the system routinely throughout the fall and change or clean filters whenever necessary. Together, this will help you avoid the need for costly heating maintenance repairs in the future.
4. Inspect Windows and Door Frames
This is best done by going outside your home and feeling for cool spots around the doors and windows. If you feel warm air escaping, try adding caulk to seal the leak. Additionally, keep the curtains or shades drawn during the coldest times of the day. This will help reduce the amount of cool air that gets into the home, so your heat system won’t have to work as hard.
Glastonbury Burner & Boiler has more than 25 years of experience providing HVAC maintenance and installation to homes throughout Glastonbury, CT. They use state-of-the-art equipment to keep each customer’s system running efficiently throughout the seasons. To learn more about their services and products, visit their website. To request service, call (860) 659-4120.