Now that winter is here, the outside temperatures are plummeting, and your furnace is on 24/7. Analysts predict that gas prices will go up this winter and heating bills will rise about 7 percent. If your heat is powered by electricity, you can expect an 8 percent increase in your heating bill this year. It is likely that homeowners will pay just under a $1000.00 to heat their homes this winter.
Money-Saving Tips to Use this Winter
Nobody likes to pay higher utility bills. There are a few things you can do right now to reduce your heating bill by a significant amount — say 20 percent overall! A 20 percent savings is a decent amount of money to keep in your pocket. Here are a few tips that will benefit you:
- Program your thermostat. Have you programmed your thermostat? It is effortless to do, and today you can even install thermostats that can be programmed by using an app on your phone. At bedtime lower the thermostat to 65 degrees. During waking hours when someone is home, set your thermostat at 68 degrees. If your house is empty for eight hours or more, you can program your thermostat so that it is at 63 degrees at that time, then set it for 68 degrees about a half hour before you arrive home.
- Inspect the Furnace. Call your local HVAC company for a furnace maintenance check-up. The technician will make sure your heating system is working as it should with no hazards. If a repair is needed a skilled technician will know what to do to fix it.
- Caulk Open Spaces. If you see open cracks by doors, windows, and pipes be sure to use caulk to close the open areas. By sealing cracks, you will keep warm air in the house and will reduce drafts in your home.
- Use the sun. On bright sunny days, open the curtains or blinds and let the sun in the house. The sunlight will provide warmth. When the sun goes down and on cloudy days, keep your window treatments down to keep the warm air in the room.
- Use your Ceiling Fans. Do you only use your ceiling fans when it is warm outside? In the winter, when you put your ceiling fan on, the fan circulates the more heated air down to warm your room. So this winter uses your ceiling fans to provide more warmth in your home.
- Insulate Your Attic. If your attic is not insulated, a lot of the warm air is escaping the house. Don’t let the heat get away. Insulate your attic as soon as possible to keep the heat in and reduce your heating bill.
Use these tips this winter to save money on your heating bills. You will stay warm and keep more money in your bank account.
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Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning has been maintaining, repairing and installing furnaces and heating systems for half a century. We can help you too. Contact us today to set up an appointment to have your heating system, and furnace maintained.