3 Excellent Tips To Help You Save On Your Monthly Heating Bills This Winter
As every homeowner knows, the winter months can be a particularly rough period of time for your home’s heating system. At this point during most winters, your heating system has likely been running almost nonstop for over 2 months, and during particularly cold winters, like the one we have been having this year, your system has likely been working even harder than usual. All of that strain from constant use can really start to take its toll over time, and can really do a number on both your system’s health, and your monthly heating bills. If you are like most homeowners all over the country, you have likely seen your bills skyrocket over the past month or two as most of the country has been experiencing temperatures far colder than they are used to. In an effort to help you keep your heating bills under control as we move into the second half of winter, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short list that can help you do so while also helping to prevent expensive repairs, and all without sacrificing the level of comfort in your home that you and your family enjoy.
Invest In A Programmable Thermostat
Having a programmable thermostat installed in your home can generally save you up to 10% annually on your heating bills. It is able to do this by giving you the means to program your thermostat to lower the temperature inside your home during the times of the day when no one is going to be home, and coming back on in time to heat your home again before you arrive back at the end of the day. By simply lowering the temperature inside your home by 10 degrees for a period of 8 hours, you would be amazed at the difference it can make at the end of the month on your heating bills.
Like any other complicated piece of machinery, proper maintenance is extremely important in order to keep your heating system functioning properly and efficiently over time. Having your heating system professionally maintained before winter begins is ideal, but it is never too late to have a professional come in and take a look to ensure everything is operating like it should be and you don’t have any hidden problems that might be causing your system to work harder than it needs to lurking beneath the surface. During the course of your maintenance service, a professional will go through and not only ensure that everything is operating correctly and there are no issues, but will also clean your system out to prevent the risk of any dirt or debris clogging your system and impeding its function.
Upgrade Your System
While it might seem counter-intuitive to invest in an upgraded heating system in order to save money on your heating bills, you might be surprised to find out just how much money you stand to save on a regular basis. Most older heating systems and furnaces tend to operate at an efficiency rating anywhere between 50 to 70 percent, but by upgrading to a newer model, you can have a system that operates at an efficiency rating of up to 98.5% or more, meaning that you are getting more actual heat in your home for every dollar you spend on energy. While it might be a more significant investment up front, the amount of money you will save over time means that your heating upgrade can easily pay for itself before you know it.