We’re well into the heating season at this point, and while everyone wants to keep warm all winter long, no one wants to pay more than necessary for the privilege. Keep these heating tips in mind, and you’ll be able to slash your heating costs without sacrificing comfort.
Insulate All the Way
The more heat your home loses through its windows, roof, doors and other potential leaks, the more you’ll spend on heating. Roof insulation is especially important because heat tends to rise; fortunately, you can layer any sort of insulation on top of any other sort, so just take a look in your attic and fill in any gaps with your insulation of choice. Insulating doors and windows has less of an impact on your heating bills, but it’s also an easy step to take. Even leaks as small as electrical outlets can make a difference, so cover them up.
If you have a furnace, another powerful way to prevent heat loss is to have your ducts professionally sealed. It’s not uncommon for a furnace to lose up to 30 percent of its heating power just to leaks in the duct system.
Turn it Down
While this should go without saying, it needs to be said: The lower you set your thermostat, the less you’ll spend on heating. Experiment with different settings and find the lowest temperature your family can comfortably stand, then set the thermostat there and leave it. Avoid making rapid adjustments up and down depending on your comfort, as you’ll just end up wasting heating power. On the other hand, it’s definitely a good idea to turn the heat down or off if the house is going to be empty for an extended period of time.
Use Complementary Systems
Most people understand the value of ceiling fans during the cooling season, but not many realize that with a reverse setting, they can help you during the heating season as well. A good ceiling fan can improve the efficiency of your heating systems by circulating air throughout the house, reducing energy usage and limiting the wear and tear on your heater. Look for an Energy Star rated fan to maximize your energy savings, and remember to turn it back on the regular setting during the cooling season to save money then as well.
Keep Your Systems Properly Maintained
Sometimes, the best way to lower your home heating bills is to spend a little money up front on maintenance. A professionally maintained furnace, boiler or heat pump will not only use less energy but also be less susceptible to expensive issues in the future.
With an annual service agreement from Ray’s Heating & Air Conditioning, you’ll see the difference on your utility bills every month, and you’ll save even more by extending the useful lifespan of your heating system. Moreover, you’ll be able to rest assured that your essential heating systems are in our capable hands.