How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Richland County
During winter, heating costs rise as fast as the thermometer drops in Richland County, Ohio. With proper preparation, it’s possible to save money on those gas and electric bills in the coming months. Homeowners can take steps to keep their heaters running efficiently, thus, keeping bills low, starting with a quick phone call to your friendly H & H HVAC team.
Getting the furnace tuned up before cold weather starts is the easiest way to keep it running at peak efficiency. During an appointment, our HVAC technician will examine the heating system, following a checklist of items that need maintenance to keep safety and performance issues at bay. Technicians will also perform a system tune up, cleaning, replacing, and adjusting components of the furnace, as needed. With the heater in the best possible shape, those winter bills will be lower.
Fix Damaged Heaters
If our HVAC technician finds that the heater is damaged, repairing or replacing it is an absolute must. Furnaces can sometimes run with parts that are wearing down or broken, but they’ll be working to compensate for the damaged component and won’t be safe or efficient. It’s also possible that the fix is something minor now, that could become a major repair later.
Replacing an old heater with a new one will also lower the monthly utility bills immediately. So, an initial expense can provide lots of cost-savings in the long run.
Make Things Airtight
A drafty home allows a lot of heat to escape via air leaks. Improve energy efficiency by sealing up these leaky spots around the home. Pick up some weather stripping to place around the doors and windows. Fill in cracks using caulk, and use a weatherproofing kit on windows that aren’t opened during the winter to help keep the heat inside.
Lower the Thermostat
Those who already own a newer heater may simply be using it more often than is necessary. Lowering the thermostat by just a few degrees has a big impact on those utility bills. Most people can adapt to a thermostat setting between 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, if they wear an extra sweater and socks. When leaving the house for an extended period, consider lowering the temperature by 10 degrees or so to save money. A simple upgrade to a smart thermostat can help homeowners track the temperature inside their homes from anywhere, and control the heater using their phones.
If you have any questions or feel like you might need some professional help this winter, please contact our furnace repair and replacement team here at H & H Plumbing, Heating, Cooling. Serving Richland County, Ohio and surrounding since 1959.