19 Nov

5 Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill This Winter

With colder months coming just around the corner, these easy tips will help you keep your heating bill low this winter.

An increase in your utility bill each winter seems as inevitable as the changing seasons themselves. To make matters worse, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting another unreasonably cold winter headed Indiana’s way this year. This could be concerning to many residents as they face the winter season with financial uncertainty. While there are programs through the state and other sources for low-income families, there are also some tips and tricks you could do yourself to help lower your heating bill this winter. Follow these simple tips to help lower your monthly cost.  

1. Close Things Up

One great way to combat high heating bills this winter is to consider where in your home you can go without heat. Depending on your space and lifestyle, you may have areas that get little to no use. Keep the doors closed to seal off these less-used areas so the heat will travel to where it’s needed most. Consider closing the vents in these areas as well to help direct heat to more used rooms. Whether all day or during specific times of the day, these tactics will help funnel heat to where you need it the most.

2. Adjust Thermostat

Just like in the summer months with your air conditioning, adjusting the temperature on your thermostat during the winter can help lower your bill. While most of us would love to be enjoying a toasty home, it might be better to lower that thermostat a few degrees. You’ll still stay warm, and your wallet won’t take as heavy a hit. You may consider upgrading your thermostat to a newer version that better helps conserve energy.

3. Get Sealing

Sealing up areas in your home may be slightly more labor intensive, but it’s worth it. Issues around the home, like low-quality windows or windows and doors that let drafts in, can all lead to heat escaping and raising your monthly bill. New windows or doors could potentially be costly, but the money you save in the long run can outweigh this up-front expense. Performing an overall inspection of the weatherization of your home can also help keep utilities low. Some state programs exist to help offset the weatherization cost.

4.  Perform Regular Maintenance

Regularly maintaining your HVAC system is crucial to keep the system running smoothly. With a system that hasn’t been properly maintained and serviced, you’re more likely to experience issues that prevent the system from running efficiently, which ultimately will cost you your monthly bill. Research the maintenance needed for your system and how often it should be serviced.

5. Electric Furnaces

While electric furnaces may not be the most common, they can really help lower your monthly heating bill. Aside from issues like efficiency and drafts that can affect your bill, the simple fact that you’re using more natural gas in the winter to heat your home with your gas furnace is the main reason for higher utility bills. Especially if your gas furnace is outdated, consider upgrading to an electric furnace to help lower your bill.

While the winter months often bring an expected and somewhat inevitable increase in your monthly utility bill, these helpful tips can assist in lowering that amount. Regular maintenance, prevention techniques, conservation, and efficiency will all help mitigate your rising cost. For help with these tactics and more, contact Naughton Mechanical today!

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