In the winter, homeowners rely heavily on their heating units to keep their homes warm and comfortable.
The first thing you might do when you begin to feel cold in your home is turn up the thermostat. Unfortunately, the higher the temperature you choose, the more money you’ll spend on heating. If you lower your thermostat setting by just one degree, you can save up to 3% on your monthly energy bill. You can make heating more efficient by setting different temperatures for daytime and nighttime. When you go to sleep at night, you can set your thermostat to 57° instead of 69° during the day. If you remove dust and obstructions from your vents and radiators, you’ll not only breathe healthier air, but you’ll also allow your house’s air to circulate more freely. Energy bills can be reduced by 10-20% with programmable thermostats. Additionally, they are more convenient than traditional thermostats. Even better, you can get them for as little as $20! Why continue to heat a room inside your home that you aren’t using? Keep doors closed, or even shut off the room’s vent, to prevent wasted heat that can increase your electric bill. Even when you’re in the room, closing the doors will allow your own body heat to warm the space, reducing the need for additional heat. Changing your air filters is one of the easiest heating maintenance tasks you can do yourself. Fresh filters will allow your home’s air to flow more freely, like cleaning out your vents and radiators. Your HVAC heating unit won’t have to work as hard!