Winter cold can be a challenge to deal with. Who wants to see an increase in their bills right after the holidays? Here are five unique ideas that will help you reduce your winter heat bill and stay warm this winter!
Saving on heatign bills
Lower the temperature in your home during the day
An additional blanket on the bed will keep you warm and lower the temperature just a few degrees can make a big difference. If you have trouble remembering to reduce the temperature, installing a programmable thermostat will help. This is a small, one-time investment that will help you save money on your winter heat bill for many years to come!
Check the thermostat on your water heater
Most of the time, the factory settings that come pre-set on residential water heaters are set higher than necessary. The average family does fine with around 120 degrees. This is another example where adjusting a few degrees on the thermostat can make a big difference in your winter heat bill.
Remember to close the damper on your fireplace after use
Fireplaces are safe and a beautiful addition to any home. However, some of you may not realize that the damper, which keeps the smoke out of your house when the fireplace is in use, actually allows cold air to leak in when a fire isn’t burning. By closing the damper between uses, you can keep the cold air out and reduce your winter heat bill.
Clear furniture and rugs away from your heat vents
Perhaps one of the easiest-to-fix problems regarding heating inefficiencies is the simple blockage of home heat vents. Do not forget to clean the vents, either. By removing obstructions, you allow the heat to more evenly distribute throughout your home, especially great if the thermostat is in a room with a heat vent obstruction.
Always do an annual tune-up of your heating system
It doesn’t matter if your system is one-year-old or 10 years old, you should schedule a yearly tuneup with a trusted HVAC Contractor. By programming it at the same time every year, it will be easier to remember
when it needs to be done. A tuneup can keep the system working at the top of its game and help avoid any extra costs a significant repair may carry.
By being proactive, you can always keep your winter heat bill low and avoid unnecessary costs in the future.