As temperatures drop and heating bills go up, many people search for ways to conserve energy. No one wants to pay an exorbitant energy bill because of the cold weather seeping into their homes. Instead of paying crazy bills without a second thought or accepting it for what it is, find ways to save money on your energy bill this winter. There are many ways you can decrease the dollars due!
Consider Letting Light Inside!
Many people keep their curtains pulled and blinds shut during winter months to create a barrier against cool air from the windows. While this can help some, letting some sunlight in can actually help more! When the sun is shining and bright, let it inside to add some heat to the house. You may be surprised at the effect a bit of sunlight can have on your energy bill.
Keep Your Thermostat at 68 Degrees
It may be tempting to bump up your thermostat a few degrees when the cold weather sets in. Avoid the 72-degree setting and keep it at 68 to prevent too much use. Wear layers, socks, and use a few cozy blankets to ward off the chill if you’re a little too cold at 68 degrees. While a 4-degree difference may not seem like much, it can be a lot for a furnace to keep up with.
Let the Vents Breathe
Is your couch covering a floor vent? Are you constantly turning the temperature up to fight the cold in your home? These two factors correlate. Covering vents prevents the circulation of warm air through your home and the need for your heating system to work extra. Instead of covering those vents, allow the air to pass through freely.
An HVAC system with a dirty filter is far less effective than an HVAC system with a clean one. Most filters need to be replaced at least every three months. If you are wary of how often you should replace a filter, check your existing one for debris, dust, and other things collected in the air. If you have pets, you may want to consider replacing them every 60 days.
Switch Your Ceiling Fans
If your fans are running counterclockwise, it is time to make the switch. Most ceiling fans have a switch or button to force the blades to spin clockwise. As you may know, hot air rises. A ceiling fan turning clockwise will blow hot air back down into the room. Don’t let the hot air go to waste – reuse it!
Energy bills can get a bit out of control in the colder months. When you’ve increased the sunlight and airflow in your home, but your furnace is still struggling to keep up, you may need a professional to take a look at things. Whether your heating system needs a fix or an update, Elite Plumbing & Heating is the help you need. We’re the solution to achieving a lower heating bill this winter. Contact us today! 781-438-2997