Ways to Reduce Heating Costs this Winter
You don’t have to go broke to keep your home comfy and toasty during the winter months. In this article, we reveal ways you can save on heating this winter.
Take Advantage of the Sun
Despite the cold air, the little sun that comes up during the day can bring some warmth to your home. The free heat should reduce much work on your furnace. Open the windows and let the sun into your home. And in the evening, shut the window to trap the heat.
Seal Drafty Windows
Use transparent plastic sheets on the frame of your window to help reduce infiltration. You could also install tight-fitting, insulating drapes on the windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
Adjust the Thermostat
Turn down the thermostat by one degree or two to cut down heating costs by up to 5%. Consider installing a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the heat according to a planned schedule. It can automatically lower your heat when you’re out of the house or when you’re asleep.
Seal any leaks
Check and seal leaks in the foundation, attic, air ducts, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. Use caulk to seal leaks around the windows and doors.
Service your heating system
Call expert technicians in Maryland to service your heating system. Replace the filters of your furnace and heat pump to run efficiently and save you money over time.
If you use wood or pellet-burning heaters, clean the flue vent and inside of the appliance with a wire brush at least once a year.
Lower water heating costs
Reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing this will save on energy and you will avoid scalding yourself.
Lower your holiday lighting costs
Install light-emitting diode or LED holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for winter holidays.
The above tips are simple and easy to start saving energy costs this winter season. However, to enjoy optimal efficiency, get your heating system checked by a professional HVAC technician to identify any potential repairs needed.
Contact Arctic Plumbing and Air to help you save energy costs by having our professional heating technicians check, maintain, repair, or install a heating system in your Maryland home.