As we move into the new year and the temperatures continue to drop, some homeowners will watch their heating increase over time. With just a little research, you can take the steps necessary to protect your home throughout the winter weather, lowering your energy costs over time.
- Check Your Filters – A dirty filter forces your unit to work longer and harder to clean the air that filters throughout your home. Replacing your filters regularly will make it easier for your system to function, and will increase the overall life of your system and saving you money over time.
- Keep Things Cool – Try keeping your thermostat a few degrees lower whenever possible in order to save energy in heating your bill. While one or two degrees may not seem like much, it can have a big impact over the course of several months time.
3. Check Your Ducts – Any leaks or gaps in your air ducts will end up costing you money over time as the warm air escapes instead of being circulated throughout your home. These gaps and leaks must be sealed. Someone who specializes in HVAC maintenance will be well versed in duct repair and will be able to complete the work necessary in order to increase the efficiency of the ductwork in your home.
4. Upgrade Thermostats – if your current thermostat is not programmable, you’re missing a great opportunity to save money. A programmable thermostat can be programmed to lower the temperature in your home at night or in the day when you’re away from home. This will result in savings over the course of the year and decrease the energy used within your home.
5. Examine Insulation – Heat rises throughout your home and if your attic isn’t properly insulated, you could be losing heat and money as a result. A good way to check is to examine the joists in the attic. If you can see them above the insulation, you probably don’t have enough. You’ll need to add insulation that’s greater than R-13 and no more than R-30.
Following these five simple tips can go a long way towards lowering your heating costs this winter. If you’d like more information on how to maximize your heating and air system, contact our offices in Joplin, MO, and Tulsa, OK, and let us know how we can help you.