As winter gets firmly in place, you are likely dreading that first bill just as you have in years gone by. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. If your only defense thus far has been shivering in a colder home because you’re keeping the thermostat down, here are a few more tips that can cut costs without sacrificing warmth for you and your family.
- Annual Checkup – Your heating system will operate more efficiently if it is tuned up each year. This month is the ideal time to take care of that so that you’ll enjoy a lower bill the rest of the winter season. A heating checkup can also save you from a costlier repair down the road by catching a smaller, more affordable repair early in the season.
- Fans – What? Turn on a fan in the winter? Are you crazy? Actually, not crazy at all because ceiling fans can usually be changed to circulate air upwards to push the risen warmer air down into the room. Remember to shut them off when you aren’t there.
- Nature’s Heat – You already know that the sun can heat up your home making it uncomfortable in the summer, so it makes sense it would continue to do so when you actually want that heat. By opening window treatments on those windows that face the sun, you’ll be harnessing the warming power of the sun — completely free! Just remember to close them after dark so they insulate against the nighttime temperatures.
- Lower the Thermostat – While you don’t need to make your home a cooler by dropping it really far down, a few degrees that you can compensate with an added blanket on the bed and a sweater is a smart way to cut costs while still being comfortable. Consider a programmable thermostat that reduces the temperature when you aren’t home, and you won’t even compromise comfort in the least.
If you are ready to schedule your annual heating system checkup, give us a call at Whitetail Heating & Cooling. We’ll be happy to inspect your system to make sure it is operating at peak performance and efficiency, so you can enjoy the lowest possible heating costs. We service most brands of HVAC equipment, including commercial systems. Call today to learn more!