Did your last heating bill throw you for a loop? It can be shocking how high a heating bill can go in the dead of winter. We often run our heaters constantly without thinking. That is until the utility bill arrives. In cold climates like ours, it can take a lot to keep our homes comfortable. This is especially the case for homes with central HVAC systems that must circulate warm air throughout the entire house.
We know how important it is that you keep your heating bill down. Below we’ve provided a few tips and tricks to help you maximize your heating system and avoid skyrocketing energy costs.
Set Your Thermostat to 68° During the Day
Though it may be tempting to set it higher, 68° is a surprisingly comfortable temperature for during the day while you are at home. If you feel chilly, you can supplement with a light sweater. This lower temperature means that your heater won’t have to run as long or as often to maintain the set temperature, thereby using less energy and saving you money.
Additionally, it is recommended that at night or when you are away from home, you reduce your thermostat setting by approximately 10° lower. While we are sleeping, you do not need the heater up as high as during the day, and you want to avoid heating an empty house. 56-58° is warm enough that your pipes will not freeze but low enough to keep your heater from running needlessly and wasting money.
Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
Because hot air rises, you can use your ceiling fans to help redirect warm air back down to your level. Reverse the direction of your fans so that they are spinning clockwise during the winter, and turn them on to a low, gentle speed. This will help move the warm air down, making you more comfortable. This can also help you feel more comfortable after adjusting your thermostat down to 68° as it keeps the warmed air down where you need it.
Keep Your Curtains Closed
Did you know that heat can escape through your windows even when they are closed? This is particularly true with older windows that are not well insulated. By keeping your blinds and curtains drawn, you add an extra layer of insulation. It also helps prevent drafts and cold air from coming in. By closing your blinds and curtains, you keep the heat inside where it belongs. A reduction in heat loss means that your heater doesn’t have to work as hard, requiring less energy.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
If you are dealing with significant heat loss through your windows, it might be time to install new ones. Energy-efficient windows are better heating and are a great way to support your heating system in the winter. Though installing new windows represents a large investment in your home, you will save money on your heating (and cooling) costs over time. Some models come with significant rebates, thereby reducing the overall installation cost. Furthermore, energy-efficient windows can make your home more attractive to potential buyers in the future.
Service Your Heater Regularly
Did you know that performing routine maintenance on your heating system can improve its efficiency? During your regular maintenance visit, our heating specialists review your entire system, identifying any worn-out or damaged parts, and making necessary tune-ups. This not only extends the life of your heating system but makes sure that it’s operating as efficiently as possible. An efficient heating system requires less energy to run, and therefore, saves you money on your utility bills.