Winter is the time of year when many of us worry about receiving our monthly energy bills in the mail. Unfortunately, it’s common to see an uptick in energy-related expenses when it’s cold out, since we all have to increase our indoor temperatures to stay warm. However, that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to paying big bucks because of your heater. Naughton Mechanical offers a few tips for lowering your heating bills.
First, you need to identify the kind of HVAC system you have. For instance, in central heating, the furnace probably uses the most energy in your home or business. Knowing the type of heating system allows you to identify which area needs to be focused on when making updates.
Another simple method to reduce your energy expenditure is to install a programmable thermostat. You can regulate your home’s temperature so that the furnace doesn’t run more than needed. For instance, if you plan on being gone for the day, you can set the temperature lower and then turn it back up later on when you and your loved ones are home.
Over the years, a furnace’s efficiency can diminish. It’s important to schedule a yearly tune-up with a technician to make sure everything is good to go. Maintaining a furnace can extend its lifespan and let us identify issues before they occur. There are many reasons a furnace may not be running as it should, including blocked filters, broken parts and being well past its prime. We can help you decide if any repairs or replacements are necessary.
Insulation is key to keeping your home comfortable. When your home is properly insulated, it has an easier time keeping heat inside, rather than escaping through windows, floors, ceilings and walls. If you don’t have the right insulation, your furnace has to work even harder to heat your home, which can lead to costly energy bills. Improving your home’s insulation means you can avoid this scenario. Caulking windows is one way to seal in the warm air.
Lowering the temperature on your home’s heater can also help you save money on your monthly bills. The standard temperature for a water heater is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and most homeowners set theirs to this temperature. However, lowering it to 68 degrees Fahrenheit and under can save a significant amount of money since your heater won’t be running as often. You’ll still enjoy plenty of warmth and comfort all winter long.
Stay warm without overpaying your heating bills each winter. Naughton Mechanical is committed to helping our clients improve the comfort of their homes. We offer a full range of HVAC services, including heater repair and installation, to keep your family comfortable. If you need assistance, schedule an appointment now by calling us. We look forward to serving you!