Are you tired of rising heating bills when winter rolls around? Making minor adjustments can make a difference. Here are 8 ways to save money on your heating bill.
Keep an eye on your curtains and doors
During daylight hours, make sure all your curtains and blinds are open, so you’re letting in as much sunlight as possible. The sun will help keep your home warmer, which means your heating system won’t have to do as much work. At night, you’ll want to close everything up, so heat doesn’t escape while you’re sleeping. It’s also a good habit to close doors to any room you’re not using since they won’t need to be heated.
Take a look at your thermostat
Your thermostat controls the temperature in your home. The obvious thing to do is lower the settings whenever you leave your house and when you sleep. This dip in temperature should reduce your overall heating costs, but it requires you to do things manually.
To make things more efficient, you could purchase a programmable or smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperature settings for various times throughout the day. Smart thermostats take things a step further since they learn your patterns and automatically adjust temperatures accordingly.
Check all your vents
Your vents carry hot air throughout your home, so it’s important they aren’t blocked. Take a look around your home to see if they’re obstructed in any way. By having a clear path, your vents will be able to circulate air better. While you’re doing a check of your home, consider closing the vents to any room that you don’t often use in the winter. Kitchen and bathroom fans can also affect your heating costs in the winter. Although they can get rid of unwanted smells and moisture, they also remove the heat out of your home, so be selective about when you use them.
Think about a window replacement
If you’ve noticed your heating bills increasing over the years, it may be time for a new window installation. Your current windows may no longer be providing the barrier you need. Look for signs such as drafts, if they’re difficult to open and close, or if there is any damage to the frame. When doing a window replacement, you can get the latest technology, which should help keep heat in your home.
Seal any drafts in your home
Another inexpensive solution is to seal any drafts that are coming into your home. Adding weather strips to your doors and windows can make a noticeable difference. Some homeowners even put plastic sheeting over their windows and fireplace.
Change your furnace filters
Your furnace has a filter that should be changed every three to nine months. Without a new/clean filter, your furnace/heat pump needs to work harder, which can lead to higher heating costs.
Check the condition of your furnace
You may want to call a local professional contractor to see if there’s anything wrong with your furnace. If you’re lucky, it might just need a quick repair to get things going again, but those service calls still come at a cost. If the repairs become an annual expense, you’ll likely want to consider a furnace replacement.
When considering a new furnace installation, look for a unit with a high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). If your current furnace has an AFUE of 80% or less, switching to a unit that’s 90% or higher could generate some savings on your heating bills. A new furnace may come with a high upfront cost, but it can save you money in the long run.
Speak with a professional
Keeping your heating bills down may require the expert opinion of a professional. If you call SERVICEfinder for a free, no-obligation consultation, our contractors can assess your HVAC needs. Our contractors are local, so they are familiar with the climate you live in and can make recommendations to ensure you and your home are kept warm.