The cold temperatures have arrived and so have your heating bills. You might not be spending as much as you were during the Summer but who doesn’t like to find ways to lower their bills? There are ways to be able to stay warm this season without having to have your heater on all the time.
Here we provide different ways that can help you save on your next heating bill.
- Turn To Your Fireplace
If your home has a fireplace, it’s the first place to start when it comes to giving your heater a break. Of course, it should not be left unattended but if you don’t want to turn the heater on as much in the evening, it’s a good option to go with. Plus, if you’re celebrating the Holiday season, it’s a great way to stay warm while you enjoy your time with friends and family.
- Have a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re heating unit does not have a thermostat, you need to get one. Thermostats are not only helpful for your air conditioning systems, but also for heaters, as you need something that can tell you how the temperature is so that you don’t spend more than necessary. It’s also a great way to make sure that your home is always at a constant temperature whether you’re away from home or not.
What temperature should you set your thermostat to in the winter?
Energy.gov recommends that you set it to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the times when you’re not sleeping and to a lower temperature when you’re sleeping and away from home. Of course, you can always have a lower temperature than 68 degrees, it just depends how much you want it to go on during the day & night.
- Change Your Air Filters
If you haven’t changed your air filters in a while, then you should. If they become clogged, it’ll be difficult for the hot air to pass through and if it has a hard time, it’ll mean that your heater will be on for longer than it should. Air filters also provide many more benefits beyond your heating bills like having a home with cleaner air. They’re relatively inexpensive so you don’t have to spend much to replace it as often as needed.
- Check Your Windows
Make sure to check your windows to ensure that there are no air leaks coming through. If there’s anything letting outdoor air move inside, it’ll mean that your heater will have to work twice as hard to make your home warm. It can also mess with your temperature as it’ll be cooler constantly meaning that your heater will be turning on and off more often. If you notice air leaks, you could simply purchase some caulk at your local hardware store and seal them as soon as possible.You’ll also want to make sure that your windows are not open because this serves as another way for cold air outside to come inside. If you need to open a window for any reason, make sure that your heater is turned off, if possible, and follow some of the ways listed here to keep warm. If you choose to keep your heater on, try to minimize the time that your window stays open because it’ll make your heater turn on for much more time than it would if it wasn’t open.
- Keep Doors Closed
It might not seem like much but it can help your heater not work as much, if your doors are simply closed. By closing the door, you’ll allow most of the hot air to stay inside your rooms rather than make its way to the hallway where it’s likely already warm. And also who doesn’t like to enter a room after the heaters been on?
- Check Your Water Thermostat
Something you might not think to do is to check your water thermostat. If you simply lower your temperature by 10 or 20 degrees, it can make a big difference in your bill. It might seem like a lot of degrees but in reality, it might not be as noticeable when you turn your water on, and your water heater won’t have to work as much.
- Check Your Home Insulation
Sometimes your home might not have enough insulation and that can make your bills go up and be higher often. If you suspect that this may be the case, which it could be if your home is older, then you should have an inspector check it. For more information, check energy.gov! They have a detailed guide that explains everything that you need to know about your home insulation.
- Hot Liquids & Food
Drinking hot coffee or tea, or even having some good ol’ hot soup, can help not only start your morning or have a healthy lunch but keep you warm no matter the temperature. Of course, you’ll want to also be doing the next item on this list, otherwise, you’ll only feel warm as long as your drink or soup is hot.
- Additional Layers of Blankets & Clothing
If you simply have additional layers of blankets in your bed, it’ll help you be warmer during the cold late-night hours without the need to set your temperature higher each night. Also, wearing layers of clothing while you’re at home can help you feel warm without the need of walking back to your thermostat to change anything (unless of course, you’re walking back to raise the temperature because you’re no longer feeling cold).
- HVAC Maintenance
Making sure that your HVAC unit is properly maintained each year can help you save even more on your heating bills. If you’re able to get a plan like our Comfort Care 365 plan, you’ll always be able to make sure that any issues on your unit are detected before they make your bills rise month over month.
So as you can see there are many ways in which you can lower your heating bills, while still having a warm feeling at home.
If you’re looking to get a professional check of your HVAC to ensure that it’s as efficient as possible, contact us. We can help you repair or install a new heater so that you can enjoy your time at home during the cold seasons.
Valley Air Conditioning & Heating has been working with HVAC units in the Modesto, CA and surrounding communities since 1964 and can help you with any issues you might have, at any time, thanks to our 24-Hour Emergency Service.