Keeping your home warm this winter shouldn’t break the bank. Use these 17 tips to save on heating costs.
1. Turn down the thermostat.
During winter months, keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees during the day and 55 degrees at night.
2. Seal your chimney flue when not in use.
Leaving it open is the same as opening a winder several inches in the winter.
3. Use fans to circulate the air.
Switch them from “push” to “pull.”
4. Clear the vents.
Keep vents clear of furniture or rugs that could block air from circulating correctly.
5. Clean any built-up dust from your vents.
Not only is dust an allergen, but it can decrease the airflow.
6. Take advantage of free solar heating.
Open curtains and blinds on south-facing windows during the daylight hours. Conversely, close the blinds and curtains at night to keep in the warmth.
7. Install a programmable thermostat.
Using a programmable thermostat can save you 10-20 percent yearly.
8. Change the air filters monthly.
Clean filters improve airflow, reduce the strain on your furnace, and keep the air cleaner from allergens.
9. Seal any leaks in the home.
Air leaks through gaps in doors and windows can increase your energy bills and cause drafts in your home. Read here for more information about air leaks.
10. Add insulation.
Plug your zip code into the Department of Energy’s InsulationTool to find out how much insulation your home needs.
11. Inspect and correct any duct leaks.
Check around the air ducts for leaks or call have your local A/C company come and inspect your ducts at your next scheduled maintenance.
12. Add space heaters.
Use a space heater for unusually cold rooms. Read here for safety tips when using space heaters.
13. Run a Humidifier.
Use portable humidifiers or install whole-house humidifiers to an existing unit. A humidifier can help you save on heating costs because moist air retains heat better than dry air.
14. Minimize the use of kitchen and bathroom fans.
Kitchen and bathroom fans may suck our undesirable smell, but they also suck out a lot of warm air.
15. Get an energy audit.
An energy auditor can assess where your home is losing the most energy, and then propose improvements to make.
16. Get an HVAC tune-up.
Keep your HVAC running at peak performance. It’s a small expense that could lead to significant savings.
17. Kick the old unit to the curb.
Break-ups are never easy, but if you’ve been with your heating unit for a long time, it may be time to put an end to that relationship.
Save On Heating Costs
Do you need help saving on heating costs this winter? Call the professionals at Advantage Air & Service. With over 50 years of experience, our excellent and honest service has earned us the trust of our customers. Let us know how we can help you stay comfortable this winter. (479) 361-8647