Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill
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Given the tough economic climate right now – and the crazy price of energy – it’s no surprise that Canadians everywhere are looking to cut costs. This becomes more difficult in the cold winter months when you have the added expense of heating your home. You’ll still need to brace yourself and your budget, but we’ve put together some tips to lower your heating bill this season.
1. Change Air Filter
Perhaps the easiest way to lower your heating costs is to regularly replace your furnace air filter. The type of filter and various seasonal factors affect how often you need to change it. Cheaper filters should be changed every month while other models can last for three months or more.
When a filter is full of dirt and debris, not as much warm air can get through to heat your home. It’s an often-overlooked, yet super easy, step you can take to reduce your energy bill.
2. Seal Drafts & Cracks
Drafts and cracks allow for warm air to escape and cold air to come in. All that warm air leaving your home can add a lot to your heating bill. Sealing window and door frames, and any other air leaks, prevents heat loss and saves you money.
Modify doors or install weather stripping to seal them completely. As for windows, dual-pane windows are superior to single-pane. You might also consider sealing your windows with plastic wrap insulation.
3. Program the Thermostat
Simply adjusting your thermostat can lower your heating bill. It’s good practice to decrease the temperature before you leave for work in the morning and before bed. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperatures to be lower when no one is home and at night. Your home doesn’t require as much heat when it’s empty, and as for nighttime, you’ll probably sleep better when it’s a bit cooler.
4. Use the Sun
Open the curtains and blinds on those sunny days! Use the heat of the sun to your advantage by letting the light shine into your home. Letting those golden rays of sunshine in is a free, natural way to add a little extra warmth to your home. Believe it or not, it can have an effect on your monthly energy costs.
5. Use Ceiling Fans
Put your ceiling fans to good use in the winter months by reversing them so that the blades spin clockwise. Doing so will help distribute the warm air throughout your house and reduce your heating expenses.
To change the direction of your fans, look for a small switch at the base of the fan. Alternatively, there might be a pull string that lets you do this. When it’s set to spin clockwise, you should not be able to feel air blow down on you when you stand under it.
8. Schedule Annual HVAC Service
Just as you have your AC unit maintenanced in the spring, you should always have your heating system serviced by a professional HVAC provider in the fall. Routine inspections and maintenance typically involve:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and lubricating parts
- Ensuring proper functioning of the whole system
Heating systems that are well-maintained and cared for operate more efficiently and effectively. In the end, you’ll save money on your heating costs. So, if you haven’t already, don’t delay any longer – schedule an appointment with your local HVAC expert so you stay warm all winter.
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