HVAC: Avoid High Heating Bills
During the cold winter months, everyone likes to stay toasty warm. But, that warmth costs and adds up to high heating bills. There are ways to cut the cost of a high heating bill.
Lower the thermostat. Turning up the thermostat adds to your bill. Dial down a few degrees during the day and at night when you are sleeping to save money on costly energy bills.
Invest in a few extra blankets or warmer sleepwear can save money on the heating bills. Cleaning and changing your filters once a month can help save on energy costs.
Performing routine monthly maintenance on your furnace or AC system will also save a few dollars on high heating or AC bills. Check the vents and have them cleaned to clear out blockages.
If you feel drafts, seal up cracks and crevices that have air leaks. Update your weather stripping and replace old cracked caulking. Use door sweeps, foam strips, and other products that help to prevent air leaks around doors and windows. In unused rooms, close off the air vents and dial down the thermostat in seldom used rooms. Try using zone heating in your apartment or home. If you have ceiling fans, use them during the winter months, change the rotation to turn clockwise which forces rising heat back down into the room. During the summer months, turn them counter clockwise to cool the room.
If you have a fireplace, ensure the damper is closed when it’s not in use. Chimneys are drafty. Check for air leaks. Do cleaning and maintenance on the chimney system and fix major cracks in the chimney.
Check electrical outlets for air leaks and check for leaks in ductwork, and exterior cracks should be sealed. Use transparent window and door sealing products to prevent heat loss. For south-facing windows, during the daytime, open curtains and blinds to take advantage of the natural heat from the sun and close them after the sun sets. During the winter, layer clothing to stay warm. After baking in the kitchen, leave the oven door open to warm up the room. Of course, safety first, be careful when young children are present. Another tip to cut heating bills is to use an energy-efficient space heater. Before leaving the room, turn off the space heater. Insulate the attic and update the insulation in your home. Prevent drafts and seal around the opening to the attic. Update seals around pipes and plug up cracks and holes in your basement foundation.
Air leaks can be found all around, inside and outside, of your home. If you have the funds, consider replacing old windows with new ones. If new windows are not an option, work with what you have, and seal up the leaks and add clear plastic window coverings to keep out the cold air. Check the water heater temperature and turn it down a few degrees to 120 to 122 degrees. This temperature can effectively kill germs and save a few dollars on your bill. Seal cracks around pipes and faucets.