How to Save on Winter Heating Costs

The winter season brings a spike in festivities with the holidays and the parties, but there’s another spike that can put a damper on the festive mood: the utility bills. But by making these simple adjustments and adding improvements to your house can save you a lot of money. Here are nine key ways to help you save money on your heating bills this winter.

Turn Down the Thermostat

You can save up to 10 percent if you turn the thermostat down 5–10 degrees for about 8 hours every day. When you’re going to sleep or away from the house, make sure to keep the thermostat low to conserve energy.

Dress Warm

As tempting as it is to beef up the heating system and lounge around in your summer wear, it’s not efficient. Make sure you dress in layers when in the house to keep yourself protected from the cold and big utility bills.

Insulate Your House

Adding insulation to your house can save you a lot by reducing how much heat is lost through the walls and roof. How much insulation you need depends on the area you live in, so make sure to research it and bolster the insulation accordingly.

Change Furnace Filters

As much as many people would like to disregard furnace filters, changing these filters can be super cost-effective. Dirty filters use more power, leading to higher bills. Change the filters as frequently as possible and get the furnace tuned up every year to keep your costs low.

Use the Ceiling Fan

By reversing the ceiling fan to run clockwise on a low setting, you move all the heat trapped on top of the room down. Most ceiling fans have a switch that will allow you to change the motor direction so that you can change it yourself.

Give the Vents Space

When furniture or boxes block the heat vents, it causes the heating system to work harder to keep the room warm. Give your vents enough space for the warm air to circulate.

Close the Damper

When the fireplace is not in use, make sure you close the damper. Otherwise, all the heat will exit through the chimney.

Seal Any Gaps and Cracks

Any exposed air leaks around the walls, ceiling, doors, windows, plumbing system, and electric fixture let heat escape. Also, you’ll want to check for gaps in the ducts around your heating and cooling system. Use insulating material to close these gaps and prevent heat loss.

Replace the Old Furnace

The older the furnace, the higher your bills are going to run. It may seem costly, but over time you’ll be saving more by investing in a high-efficiency HVAC system.

For the lowest heating bills this winter, pay attention to the thermostat and close any gaps where warm air may be escaping. Additionally, getting an expert to do a comprehensive tune-up of your heating system is an ideal strategy for the ultimate heating savings. A-1 Services can put your mind at ease by ensuring the proper functioning of your HVAC system. Contact us today!