Keep Your Heating Costs Down With These Tips
Winter is definitely here! While a break from the Texas heat is nice, you might be shaking in your bones - not from the cold but from the worry of how much your power bill will cost. While you can't change the weather, there are a number of practical and cost-effective measures you can take to keep energy bills manageable when the temps drop. Your heating pros at Blue Label will walk you through our top tips on how to stay warm - and save money - this winter!
There's a lot you can do to reduce your energy consumption and save money on heating costs. Here are some fast tips to follow - if you need more explanation, read on below!
- Get a smart or programmable thermostat and set to 68°F.
- Seal up your house and insulate it appropriately.
- Change air filters regularly and schedule an HVAC tune-up.
- Get a humidifier.
- Use blinds and curtains the right way.
- Consider new trees and storm doors.
1. Adjust Your Thermostat Wisely
When it comes to your home's indoor temperatures, a little goes a long way. Small adjustments to your thermostat can significantly impact your heating expenses. As a general rule, setting your thermostat to 68°F during the day and lowering it to 65°F at night can help you cut costs without sacrificing comfort.
2. Invest in a New Thermostat
Speaking of thermostats, programmable and smart thermostats are a game-changer when it comes to optimizing energy usage. They allow you to schedule temperature adjustments based on your daily routines, ensuring your heating system is only working hard when it needs to.
3. Seal Air Leaks
Heat loss through air leaks is a common culprit behind high heating bills. We're talking cracks or slips in doors and windows - anywhere cool air can get into your home. Identifying and sealing these leaks with weatherstripping and caulking can help prevent heat loss and lower your heating costs.
4. Ensure Proper Insulation
Don't forget about the rest of your house when it comes to keeping cold air out! Proper insulation plays a crucial role in maintaining warmth inside your home and reducing heating costs. Consider insulating your attic to prevent heat from escaping. If your home's walls or flooring do not have proper insulation, it may be time to get that addressed as well.
5. Regular Filter Changes
Dirty filters can hinder your heating system's efficiency, leading to higher energy consumption. Changing your air filters every 1-3 months can help maintain your system's efficiency and reduce heating costs.
6. Utilize a Humidifier
Moisture-rich air can make your home feel warmer, allowing you to lower your thermostat settings without compromising comfort. Investing in a humidifier will create a more pleasant indoor environment during winter and help you save on heating costs.
7. Schedule Regular Maintenance
Regular preventive maintenance is key to optimizing your heating system's performance and longevity. With a tune-up, your furnace or heat pump runs at its best to save you on your energy bills. Scheduling annual servicing by qualified technicians can prevent costly repairs and ensure your system is running efficiently.
8. A New Tree?
This, of course, is a long-term energy cost-savings tip. Over time, strategically planted trees can contribute to your home's energy efficiency. By providing shade during summer and allowing sunlight exposure in winter, these trees can naturally regulate your home's temperature and reduce heating costs.
9. Smart Blinds and Curtains
Using window coverings strategically can help control indoor temperatures. Keeping your blinds and curtains closed during the day can prevent heat loss, and opening them at night can allow in natural warmth from the sun.
10. Consider a Storm Door Installation
Installing a storm door can provide an additional barrier against cold air to increase your home's energy efficiency. It's a worthwhile investment that can lead to significant savings on heating costs over time.
Save on Winter Heating Costs with Blue Label Home Services
At Blue Label Home Services, we are committed to helping our customers save on heating costs. We offer a range of energy-saving services, including heating system tune-ups, attic insulation installation, and maintenance plans.
Don't let high heating costs get you down this winter. Contact Blue Label Services today to learn more about our services and start saving on your heating costs!