Families are more likely to stay indoors during the cold winter to stay away from the frightful weather. Unfortunately, more time indoors can also mean higher utility bills. However, it doesn’t have to be a struggle to reduce your home’s heating costs.
Consider the following four simple steps you can take to help keep your home’s heating costs low even when the temperature drops:
- Make sure your home is well-insulated
Up to 25% of your home’s heat can be lost through small holes and cracks in the house. Check your home for drafts and foundation problems. You may need to re-insulate. Consider using a draft blocker on your door and windows as well.
- Take your HVAC system to the doctor
If your system’s been working harder than usual to warm your home, you may need some HVAC repairs. Call your local HVAC service for your annual tune-up. The maintenance will keep your HVAC system working efficiently and help keep your utility bills down.
- Give your home a pre-spring cleaning
One of the reasons why your HVAC system’s filters are more likely to clog in the winter is because everyone’s inside. This means pet hair, human hair, and dander are everywhere. When your home’s heating is obstructed by dust and debris, it can make your system work harder which causes your utility bills to go up. To keep your HVAC system’s filters clear, change them regularly and be sure to do some extra cleaning around the house during the colder months.
- Lower the thermostat and use natural heating
By lowering your home’s thermostat by two degrees, you can help reduce your home’s heating costs by 5%. However, just because your thermostat is lowered doesn’t mean you have to lose out on heat. By opening the curtains and letting in natural sunlight, you can help gain back the heat you lost by lowering your thermostat and at no additional cost to you.
If your home’s heating and cooling system isn’t warming your home efficiently, it may be time to call a professional for HVAC repairs.
Contact an HVAC contractor at ComfortMaster today to get the HVAC repairs your system needs.