Most homes have a heating budget for each winter season, but if you are finding that your heating isn’t staying on budget this year, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate the costs:
- Install ceiling fans – ceiling fans do two important things: first, they circulate the air, helping to even out the heating in your home; second, they help push down the heat so that it stays in your living areas instead of rising, as it will do naturally.
- Cover drafty windows – if you have drafty windows, winter drapes or plastic window kits can help to cut down on cold drafts. Many retail stores carry winter drapes, and plastic window kits are available at most hardware stores.
- Conduct an energy audit – according to Energy.gov, energy audits can reduce your overall energy usage anywhere from 5-30%. Energy audits pinpoint your exact areas of energy loss and offer recommendations on how to fix them.
- Check your insulation – having the right amount of insulation in your home can make a huge difference when it comes to saving energy. A trained insulation specialist can check the level of your current insulation and assess if your home can benefit from more.
- Install a programmable thermostat – programmable thermostats allow you set times and days for your system to turn on and off, enabling you to control your heating whether you are home or not. Most programmable thermostat allow you to program for up to 7 days with a maximum of 4 temperature changes per day. You can also loop the program continuously so you don’t have to update it every week.
- Schedule maintenance – if you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your heating system, you may be missing out on savings. During a routine maintenance appointment, your system is given a full tune-up that can help prevent repairs and allows your system to run optimally. It’s never too late to schedule a maintenance appointment, so if it’s been more than 12 months since your last one, schedule maintenance with your technician.
If you are tired of expensive heating services, and are looking to save money this winter on your energy costs, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today and schedule heating service is Monroe with one of our HVAC experts.