The freezing cold, winter nights are almost upon us. As much as you love the holidays, warm sweaters and evenings by the fireplace, you don’t love the high heating bills that come with the cold weather. You want your family to be comfortable but not go broke in the process. You’re always looking for ways to save some money from replacing old windows to even efficient furnace repairs . Here are some ways to save money this heating season.
It’s essential that you have a professional assess and service your furnace each year. At the beginning of the winter is the best time to have that done. The technician will clean out your system and replace the air filters. This will ensure that your furnace is running as efficiently as possible.
The technician will also make sure that your thermostat is calibrated correctly so that it reads the correct temperature in your home. They might recommend the replacement of parts that commonly experience regular wear and tear. Regular maintenance ensures that your unit is running as efficiently as possible and keeping your utility costs down.
Turn Down the Temperature on Your Hot Water Heater
When your hot water heater was installed the thermostat was probably set to keep the water at a 140 degrees, which is hot enough to scald you. You will find your baths and showers just as comfortable or even more at 120 degrees.
This can save you up to 10 percent of the cost of heating the water in the winter months. Your water heater keeps your water at a constant temperature, which means that this is one appliance that runs on and off around the clock. Lowering the temperature will keep it from running any longer than necessary and lower your utility bills.
Stop Putting Off Furnace Repairs
If you’ve had a technician tell you that you need repairs and opted to wait, you are handing money over to the utility company. When your HVAC needs a repair, the rest of the system will pick up the slack, especially the motor. It will run harder and hotter than it should, costly you more money in the end. Handling the repair or replacing a broken part shouldn’t be put off any longer than necessary. These repairs will ensure that the furnace is operating as efficiently as possible and lower your heating bills.
Have a Programmable Thermostat Installed
Do you go to bed at night and lower your thermostat so you aren’t heating the house as much during the night and then jump out of bed in the morning and race to turn it up? If you install a programmable thermostat, you can program it to get colder while you’re asleep and then warm the house back up shortly before you awake.
With a programmable thermostat, you can let your home get cold while your away and set it to heat back up shortly before you arrive home. Since you don’t have to worry about coming home to a cold home, you’ll run the temperatures down even lower and save money on your utility bills.
Install a New Furnace
Your HVAC system is one of the most expensive appliances in your home, but the good news is that they last a long time. However, if you’re dealing with a much older model, installing a new one is a great way to save money on your utility bills. In the 10 to 15 years since your HVAC was installed, there have been a lot of advances and features added to make the system run more efficiently. This efficiency will help keep your heating budget down.
At Dynamic Air Heating and Cooling, we are dedicated to helping our customers save money on their utility bills. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!