How to Save Money on Your Heating Bills
If high winter heating bills have you ready to run for the hills and start a campfire for heat, then it’s time to take action to improve your home’s energy efficiency. While it’s typical for heating bills to rise a little in the winter, you don’t have to continue to deal with astronomically high utility costs if you follow these money saving tips for maintaining your heating system, making home improvements, and changing some of your daily routines.
Maintaining the Heating System
The easiest way to save money on wintertime heating costs is to ensure that the heating system is properly maintained. To begin, the heating system should be professionally serviced before the winter air arrives. A furnace, boiler, or heat pump tune-up could improve the system’s energy efficiency by 15 percent or more. During a typical heating system maintenance visit, the HVAC technicians will:
- Clean and lubricate the motor and fans.
- Replace dirty air filters.
- Clean the pilot and thermocouple housing.
- Check for safety hazards.
- Check the overall efficiency and performance of the heating system.
Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
In addition to boosting the heating system’s efficiency, knowing how to improve home energy efficiency can also lead to significant utility savings. Some actions to take include:
- Checking for air leaks. Use a candle or incense burner. If the flame flickers or the smoke moves in one direction, there’s an air leak.
- Plug air leaks around windows with silicone caulking applied to the outside of the window frame.
- Eliminate air leaks around doors with weatherstripping.
- Use rolled up towels, blankets, or specially made draft blockers at the bottom of doors.
- Hang heavy drapes and close them overnight.
- Increase attic and wall insulation to the Department of Energy’s recommended r-value.
Making Changes to Daily Routines and Habits
After boosting the efficiency of your home, there are some daily behavioral changes that you can make to further increase efficiency and lower heating costs. During the winter, some smart actions to take are to:
- Use heat-generating appliances during the daytime hours. The clothes dryer, dishwasher, and oven release heat that will help you feel warmer.
- Add a layer of clothes. Wear thicker socks and add a sweatshirt or sweater to your daily wardrobe. You might then be able to lower the thermostat.
- Run a humidifier. Keeping the humidity level around 50 percent can help you feel warmer.
- Use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature during the nighttime and while you’re away at work or school.
Staying warm in Huntsville, TX, doesn’t have to break the bank this winter. For more information and tips on saving money on heating bills, call our team at WA Air Conditioning any time.
December 4, 2013 10:03 pm