Winter weather can provide for a beautiful backdrop: Snow falling delicately to the ground, beautiful dusting of white, coating nature. But don’t let it fool you, winter weather can also be draining on your pockets. Especially if you’re heating a home. With rising fuel costs and unexpected weather patterns, you need to be prepared to combat the financial drain before it happens.
Here are some tricks to lower your heating bill this winter.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
For most in New England, snow has already fallen for the season and temperatures have dropped. That means our furnaces and HVAC systems are working hard to keep our homes heated and cozy. If you want to lower some of those costs, be sure your system is cleaned and you have regular maintenance performed. An HVAC tech will check to ensure the systems is working optimally and you’re not having any unnecessary strain on it as it works to keep you and your family warm throughout the winter months.
Update Your Thermostat
Another way to save on energy bills is to know how much heat you’re wasting. Programmable thermostats are a great way to pre-set the temperature you’d like your home to be maintained at when you’re home and when you’re away for the day. It can be difficult to remember to do this every time you come and go but the savings it could provide are significant enough. With a programmable thermostat you can, “set it and forget it.”
Do a Walk-Around
It’s good practice to occasionally take a stroll around your home and look for ways to improve energy efficiency. For example, even if your windows are closed and there are no visible cracks or holes, cold air could still be getting in and putting your heating usage in overdrive. Check for things like doors where gaps at the bottom are an easy way to let in drafts. You can purchase a draft stopper and slide it around the bottom of the door to stop this. Also head over to your windows if you hold your hand near, but not on the glass can you feel how cold it is? If the answer is yes, invest in thermal window treatments as a way to stop some of that cold from taxing your system.
Contact Preferred Hood & Duct to schedule your routine HVAC maintenance today!