As winter approaches, many homeowners begin to worry about the high cost of heating their homes. But what many are not aware of is that they can do a few things proactively to help keep their winter heating cost more reasonable. And while they all involve an investment, some smaller than others, they will all provide a substantial return on your investment. Not only will you be less stressed about the cost of heating your home, but you will also enjoy more comfort this winter and for years to come.
Every home needs proper insulation to maintain heat in the wintertime. This includes insulation in the exterior walls, ceilings, and openings in the walls, such as doors and windows. Adding insulation to walls and ceilings is a good way to help your home maintain the warm air you are paying to create with your heating system. And while installing new windows might be out of your budget, you can always increase the insulation factor by installing thick curtains or drapes over the windows in the winter months. Also, inspect doors for gaps that can be eliminated with an inexpensive package of weather stripping.
Your HVAC system is likely to be one of the largest consumers of your home’s utility budget. And if your heating system is old and inefficient, the cost is going to be very high. The closer you get to the end of the unit’s life, the more costly it is to operate. When you begin to shop for a new heating unit, be sure to look for an ENERGY STAR certified furnace or heat pump for the most efficient operation.
Lack Of Maintenance
Keeping up with regular maintenance is essential for the longevity and cost-effective function of any mechanical device. Think of your HVAC service as you would oil changes for your vehicle. They decrease the operating cost by ensuring that the unit is running as efficiently as possible. In addition, it is essential to inspect the air filter regularly and replace it as needed. This filter helps to keep dust and debris from damaging the delicate components inside your HVAC system. And when the filter becomes clogged with dirt, it forces the system to be overworked when drawing in air. This increases the energy it is consuming, but it also significantly decreases life expectancy.
Programmable thermostats allow you to be in complete control of when your home is warm and cozy, and when the temperature is allowed to deviate from your ideal setting. There are two huge reasons this represents significant savings. First, when you are sleeping, the temperature can be decreased by several degrees without you ever feeling any discomfort. And because most people sleep about a third of each twenty-four-hour cycle, that lets you save on one-third of your heating cost. And if everyone works or goes to school five days a week, that is another eight or more hours a day that you can reduce your heating by a few degrees. And the best part is that you never feel any difference in the comfort of your home. But you will save a nice amount on your heating bill each month. Programmable thermostats are an investment that will pay for itself very quickly.
To learn more about ways to reduce your heating cost this winter, call the pros at Gordon AC & Plumbing. Our heating and cooling experts team can help you make your home more efficient and save you money this winter and for years to come. Call (318) 202-9144 today for an appointment.