10 Ways To Reduce Heating Costs
The experts at Horizon Services have assembled 10 ways to reduce the cost to heat your home by increasing system efficiency, programming your thermostat properly, and regularly maintaining your system with preventative care.
1. Upgrade To A High-Efficiency Heating System
Replacing your old, inefficient heating system for a high-efficiency one can cut electricity bills by up to 25%. It is important to get a detailed analysis of your home and current system before purchasing a replacement. Not all homes are created equally and your new system should be personalized to match the exact needs of your home. You want to avoid paying for a system that is too large or too small for your needs. If your new equipment is not properly sized, it may need to overwork to keep your comfortable. This may cause premature failure, inflated energy bills, or inefficient operation.
2. Keep Up With Preventative Maintenance
If you don’t already have a proactive maintenance program for your HVAC system, it’s a good idea to schedule semi-annual service with a qualified HVAC service company like Horizon Services.
Professional HVAC contractors will make sure that your system is operating at its most efficient settings and that the proper parts or components are in good working order. A system tune-up will also catch small problems before the can become large, expensive issues.
3. Change Your Air Filters Regularly
Changing your HVAC system’s air filters once a month, or as directed by the furnace or filter manufacturer, helps ensure that your system has smooth, uninterrupted air flow.
New filters can help your system work more efficiently, saving you money in the process. For example, routinely replacing filters in your home’s heating system can account for energy consumption savings of 5 to 15 percent.
4. Invest In A Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can go a long way toward reducing energy usage when you are not at home. Setting up a proper comfort schedule will allow your system to work only when you need it to. A programmable thermostat will adjust the temperature automatically based on your preferences and you can reduce the amount of money you spend heating an empty home when you forget to turn of the system.
5. Adjust The Temperature
It is important to discover and adjust your thermostat to the coolest temperate you find comfortable in the winter. A few degrees warmer or colder may not feel like a huge difference, but the energy savings can be substantial.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing your home’s temperature 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours at a time during the heating season can save you 5 to 15 percent in heating bills each year.
6. Seal Window And Door Drafts
Ensure your home is properly weather sealed and that you take the necessary steps to stop the escape of warm air through windows, doors, and other areas that may contribute to air leak. Air leak can rob your heating system of efficiency since the air it works so hard to heat is lost. Make sure your home is properly weather sealed so your system does not have to overwork itself to achieve your optimal comfort level.
7. Invest In Insulation
Particularly in older homes, inadequate insulation is another factor that can lead to losing heated air from your HVAC system. If you’re unsure about your home’s insulation levels, consult with an energy auditor or insulation professional for guidance.
8. Keep Return Air Vents Object Free
Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like clothing, blinds, carpets, or furniture so your heater can operate efficiently. Unobstructed vents will help ensure that heated air is distributed evenly throughout your home.
9. Avoid Excessive Use of Exhaust Fans
Excessive use of bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans will make your HVAC system work harder. Ultimately, this will increase energy consumption and elevate costs. It is essential to keep costs in check by making proper use of exhaust fans.
10. Invest in Window Treatments to Help Control Temperatures
Window coverings can have a big effect on your home’s heating load. In cooler months, harness the sun’s free warmth by keeping curtains, blinds, or drapes open on all south-facing windows during the day to allow the sunlight in. At night, close the window coverings to add an extra layer of insulation between the glass and your home interior.
Contact Horizon Services
If you are ready to install or replace a heating system our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists can help. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.