Whether you are heating your home with electricity, gas, oil or other type of fuel, you can save considerable amount of money on your energy bills this winter by winterizing your home in the right way. By taking the following smart steps, you can reduce your heating bills without compromising the comfort of your home’s comfort:
1. Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you are still using a non-programmable thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable one. When you depend on people to control the thermostat, human error and comfort may cause you to use more energy. One of the many advantages of a programmable thermostat is that it will automatically drop to a lower temperature at night, even when you are away from home.
2. Consider Using Space Heaters
Instead of using a central heating system to heat your entire home, you can use space heaters to heat individual rooms. Space heaters are very easy to operate and will heat up your rooms quicker as compared to a central heating system.
3. Service or Upgrade Your Heating System
If your heating system is producing funny noises, having trouble getting started and staying on, producing no heat or the pilot light is yellow, contact your nearest professional HVAC service provider as soon as you can to inspect and clean it for you. Proper heating service and repair will enable your system to be in excellent working condition and more energy-efficient, giving you the chance to save on energy.
If your heating system is damaged beyond repair, old, or outdated, consider getting new heater installation. When choosing a new heating system for your home, you have to be very careful. Be sure to choose the latest high efficiency model that will help reduce your utility bills.
Once you have managed to install your system at home, make sure you carry out regular heater maintenance if you would like it to serve you for a long period of time. Always use and clean it according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
4. Turn the Heat Down at Night
The night hours are most expensive time to keep your heating system running due to the cooler temperatures outside. So, once your family goes to bed, turn your heater down and then cover everyone with heavier blankets.