Here at Arctic Heating and Cooling, we know that the winter can mean high heating bills. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can actually reduce your energy bill. From small fixes to big investments, there’s something that you can do to ensure that your utility bills aren’t wrecking your budget each month. Best of all, if you follow our tips you’ll save money without sacrificing the comfort of yourself and your family.
Look Out For Leaks
If your home is too cold, you may not need heating repair services. The real culprit could be leaks. There could be holes in the ductwork. There might also be places in your home, like your attic or crawl space, where warm air could easily escape. In some cases, homeowners don’t realize that this is the issue when their furnace isn’t properly heating their entire homes. Instead they just turn up the thermostat and hope their house gets warmer.
Instead, have a professional drop by to look at your ductwork. We can also check if you need more insulation or see if heat is escaping elsewhere in your home. Don’t just turn up the heat and make your furnace work harder. Talk to a pro and get your HVAC equipment to operate at peak performance once again.
Change Your Air Filter
One common problem we’ve noticed during furnace maintenance visits is the air filter. Sometimes people forget to change it. You should really replace your current air filter with a new one at the start of the season. It helps your furnace operate more efficiently and ensures that less dust particles are spread through your home.
Think About an Upgrade
If your equipment is old, an upgrade could actually save you money. Yes, buying new equipment and a furnace installation costs some money. We don’t deny that there’s an upfront cost to worry about, but over time you can really save on your utility bills thanks to new equipment. HVAC equipment and furnaces have only become more efficient in recent years. If your system is around a decade old or you’ve noticed that you’ve needed furnace repair services more often lately, it could be time for an upgrade.
The furnace isn’t the only thing that’s evolved though. Thermostats also have way more to offer these days. They’re smarter and offer features, including Wi-Fi connectivity, that can make it easier to control the temperature of your home and reduce the amount of energy wasted. If you want to go green and save money, a smarter thermostat will help.
Make Use of Your Ceiling Fans
Hot air rises. That means that your ceiling fans can help spread it around your home, keeping you warmer with less work on your furnace’s part. People think ceiling fans are for cooling, but don’t forget about them in the winter months.
Take Proper Care of Your Furnace
Proper furnace care can also help your HVAC system operate more efficiently, saving you money. Clean your furnace and make sure that it’s operating unobstructed. If you think something is wrong, call in some furnace maintenance experts and make sure a small problem doesn’t become a big one. And if you have any more questions about heating, visit our website or contact us at (815) 459-1255 today.