No one likes a high energy bill. Unfortunately, many homeowners experience higher heating costs during winter due to running their heating units more often. If you want to save money on heating this winter, there are simple ways to do so. Here at Tyler’s Heating & Cooling, we help homeowners from all walks of life reduce their heating bills. Remember the seven tips if you need help lowering your bill this winter.
1. Change Your Furnace Filter Regularly
Have you changed your furnace filter recently? If you haven’t, you may want to do so before the winter months arrive. Changing your furnace filter every 1-3 months can prevent many problems, primarily because your furnace or heat pump works harder when your filter is dirty. Strive to swap out your filter at least once a month. There are even filters capable of trapping various allergens and viruses. However, these filters won’t work if you don’t change them occasionally. An HVAC professional can change your filters if you need help.
2. Set Your Thermostat to a Lower Temperature
Keeping your thermostat set at a high temperature will run all the time during the colder months. Your heater being constantly on can lead to an astronomically high heating bill, which you likely want to avoid. You can quickly lower your heating bill by having a professional install a programmable thermostat. Once your thermostat is installed, try setting it five to 10 degrees cooler when sleeping or away from home. Your new programmable thermostat will allow you to do this.
3. Schedule a Tune-up
You can ensure your furnace operates properly and your heating bills stay reasonable by scheduling regular tune-ups. Our HVAC professionals at Tyler’s Heating & Cooling can tune-up your furnace once a year and identify potential problems before the colder months. We can also check the exhaust vents and burners to ensure they operate at peak efficiency. Cleaning your burners can make a huge difference in your monthly energy bill.
4. Replace Your Furnace or Heat Pump
If your heating unit is old or doesn’t function properly, you could face a monthly sky-high heating bill. In some cases, it may not work at all, and if that is the problem, it is probably time to hire an HVAC company to replace your old furnace. Although such an investment may seem costly initially, you will quickly notice a significant change in your heating bill. You may benefit from specific tax incentives if you install an energy-efficient unit.
5. Identify and Seal Air Leaks
If your home feels drafty or cool during the winter, you may have a problem with air leaks. An air leak can allow heat to leave your house and cool winter air to enter until it is properly sealed. A weather stripping professional can help you identify potential air leaks before they become a significant problem. They will check around doors, outlets, and windows and help you better understand how to prevent cool air from entering your home. The right company will also let you know if your door and window stripping are still in good condition.
6. Install a Humidifier
In the summer, most homeowners want humidity to leave their homes because water retains heat. During the winter, however, you will want to do the opposite. Moist, humid air feels warmer than dry air, and by installing a humidifier in your home, you can keep it feeling warmer. Whole-house humidifiers are available; an HVAC company can install one for you. A humidifier can also reduce static electricity.
7. Reduce Your Water Heater’s Temperature
If your water is too hot, it might be. Setting your water heater at a high temperature can increase energy costs during winter. Try reducing your water heater’s temperature this winter to lower energy costs. An HVAC company such as Tyler’s Heating & Cooling can help determine if you can benefit from lower water temperatures.
Learn More About Lowering Your Heating Costs During the Winter
Here at Tyler’s Heating & Cooling, we understand your need for comfort during the winter months. We also appreciate your desire to save money on your utility bills. That’s why we help homeowners in the Mishawaka, IN, area and beyond save money by maintaining their heating systems and addressing HVAC issues before they become problematic. In addition to our heating and cooling services, we also have skillful plumbers, making us your full-service HVAC team. We also can handle new system installation or commercial boiler system maintenance. Contact Tyler’s Heating & Cooling today to learn more.