Lowering Your Heating Bills

Whether you are preparing for the winter season or simply wanting a warmer home, your heating system is key. However, one that’s inefficient will contribute to higher utility bills. Staying warm while being mindful of your expenses can be challenging. Continue reading for tips on how to reduce heating costs this winter.

Reduce Heating Costs by Lowering Your Thermostat

One obvious thing that can help to reduce heating costs is by turning down your thermostat. Even lowering it just a few degrees will have an impact on your heating bill. Upgrade your thermostat to a programmable model. They are affordable and will save you money long-term since you can set an automatic schedule for the thermostat.

Proper Heater Maintenance

Have a professional inspect your heater once a year to check that your HVAC system is working efficiently. This small expense can help reduce heating costs. An additional benefit of having an inspection is catching problems early and dealing with them before they become expensive to fix.

Add Layers and Benefit From the Sun’s Warmth

Opening your curtains on a sunny day will help warm your home, but don’t forget to close them at night since curtains act as a layer of insulation. Instead of cranking up the thermostat when it’s cold, add a layer of clothing instead.

Only Heat Essential Rooms to Reduce Heating Costs

You don’t need to heat your entire home to be comfortable. Only heat rooms that you need, or that you spend a great deal of time in. Especially if you live in a large house, it’s recommended that you close off unused rooms.

Reduce Heating Costs by Adjusting the Water Heater

If you want to reduce heating costs, turn down your water heater’s thermostat. Your water heater is always working to keep water hot, so the cooler the water is, the more savings you’ll see.

Keep Your Heaters Clean

Changing your heater’s filters will also help you reduce heating costs. When the filters get dirty, your unit has to work harder. Change your filters more frequently in the cooler months.

Take Advantage of Residual Heat

Another tip to reduce heating costs is to use heat from the stove or the oven. Winter is not only a great time for cooking and baking at home, it also helps warm up your kitchen area. When you are finished cooking and turn off the oven, don’t close the door immediately. Leave the oven door open to let the heat dissipate into the room before closing the door.

Beware of Air Leaks

It’s possible you are losing heat through your windows, doors, or walls. Make sure your window and door seals are in good condition. A good trick to find leaks is to carefully move a candle around the door and window frames. If you see the flame flicker, that is a sign of a leak. Fixing air leaks will save you a lot of money and keep your home more comfortable all year long.

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