Though winter is a fun, festive time, bringing thoughts of cozy gatherings with friends and family, hot chocolate, and warm cookies, it also brings with it frigid temperatures, unbearable winds, and shockingly high energy bills. Fortunately, there are ways you can enjoy the things you love most about this season, staying warm and comfortable without going broke with these money-saving winter heating tips.
If your home heating system is more than 10 years old, your energy bills have suddenly spiked, and your home shows signs your system is not keeping the pace, such as grinding or rattling sounds during heater operation, hot and cold spots, or a failure to keep your home warm, it could be more cost-effective to replace it with a newer, more efficient model. There may be new options that better meet your needs, such as Mitsubishi ductless air conditioners and dual fuel technology, that could allow you to keep your home a more comfortable temperature at a far lower monthly cost, even when you factor in the expense of a new system.
Wondering how to improve indoor air quality? Regularly changing your home air filter not only safeguards your family against pollutants and indoor allergens like dust, dust mites, dander, mold spores, and pollen, it helps your system operate more efficiently, extending its lifespan and lowering your monthly heating bills. How often should you change your filter? Once every 3 months, at a minimum, and more often in homes with pets or under construction. Regular filter changes prevent a reduction in air quality and premature system wear due to a system that struggles to circulate air through a dirty air filter.
Smart learning thermostats adjust to your schedule, automatically lowering temperatures when you’re away. Enhanced energy-saving modes offer reductions in energy use by 10-20% with no sacrifices to comfort, providing a rapid return-on-investment.
Having your system professionally serviced in the fall, before severe winter weather takes hold (and again in the spring before summer heatwaves), ensures trouble-free operation and peak performance. It’s easy to overlook the importance of routine service when your system seems fine; however, its best to think of it as you would a routine checkup from your doctor. It’s always easier and less expensive to maintain health then react to serious health issues.
Your local air conditioning company knows with proper insulation, secure weather stripping surrounding doors and windows, and caulking or foaming around plumbing fixtures, vents, and outlets, you can stop air leaks that severely hinder HVAC performance.
Don’t let winter heating costs bust your budget. Stay comfortable this winter and all year long with the help of H & H Heating & Air Conditioning today.