How To Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Winter
We’re in the home stretch before spring comes to North Carolina. Just like you, we’re anxious for it to warm up. Until then, your heating system will keep your home comfortable.
Speaking of which, did you know that heating uses more energy than any other appliance in your home? Home heating systems are responsible for 42 percent of your utility bill on average, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).
However, too few homeowners know about the secret techniques for reducing heat consumption. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of easy ways to cut costs on your utility bill.
Straight from the Sutton Brothers desk, here are six ways you can slash heating costs this winter:
Adjust Your Thermostat Settings
Industry experts will tell that 68 degrees Fahrenheit is the magic number for a lower heating bill during the winter. When night falls and everyone is nestled into their comforters, you can lower the temperature between 7 and 10 degrees. Having it on this setting for at least eight hours per day can shave 10 percent off your energy bill. Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat can automate these temperature settings so you don’t have to remember to make the switch. You can also closely monitor your energy usage via an app on your phone or tablet.
Keep Doors to Unused Rooms Closed
Pretend you’re a sullen teenager again—keep your bedroom door shut all day! Be sure the doors to your bathrooms stay closed as well. This allows the heat in your home to condense, instead of dispersing into areas where you don’t need it. Your heat pump or furnace will cycle fewer times and thus use less energy.
Cover Drafty Windows
Windows are a bad influence on hot air. When the air hits the cool glass, it turns cold and begins to sink. You can remedy this quickly and cheaply by sealing with a thick plastic sheet or hanging insulating drapes over your windows. Leaky spaces in the window frame are another common issue, which can be solved by caulking.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!
Is your home properly insulated? Poor insulation gives warm air the license to go where it pleases, making your heating system overwork itself. Be sure your attic, crawlspace, and rim joists have enough padding to maintain your home temperature.
Did you know your heating system needs seasonal maintenance? Furnaces and heat pumps need to have their air filters changed. Clogged filters stifle your HVAC unit’s ability to distribute heat, which means it will run longer and eventually break down. Other mechanical components need to be cleaned and checked for damage. Preventative maintenance also allows your specialist to discover problems before they turn into costly repairs.
Zone Control Systems
Zone control systems allow you to individually set the temperature in different rooms. That means you can choose to only heat the rooms that you’re actively using. This innovative heating and cooling feature let you save money in the long run by only using as much heat as you need.
Need Heating Assistance? Give Us A Call.
The team at Sutton Brothers is pleased to bring top-notch heating and cooling services to our neighbors in the Winston-Salem area. If you have more questions or need assistance, call us at 336-390-3902 or request service online. Our services include gas and oil furnaces, heat pumps, plumbing and more.