Heating bills seem to climb every year. As the cold weather sets in, your wallet will appreciate your consideration in heating your home more efficiently and cost effectively.
Change Air Filters
It’s a chore, we know, but changing air filters makes a difference! Used and dusty air filters make your heating (and cooling) systems work harder. During months of high usage, air filters should be changed about once a month. In general, the longest you should wait before changing the air filter is three months. This is an easy task that can save you money on your heating bill! Furthermore, changing your furnace air filter can help prevent fires.
If you don’t have one already, you should definitely upgrade to a programmable thermostat. This is an installation that will pay for itself. Programmable thermostats let you set a schedule that suits yours. They can save you up to $180 a year on average for the rest of your life. If you have a smartphone and like home automation, there are also many smart thermostats that have been very popular recently. You can control your thermostat and its schedule from your phone anywhere you are.
Ducts are unfortunately not as efficient as we would like to think they are. Most have leaks and gaps from either time, use, or improper installation. It’s very possible to make this a DIY project if the ducts are easily accessible. Look and feel around for air leaks, and seal them using mastic sealant or metal tape. Never use duct tape because it is not a long-lasting solution. While you are looking around, make sure that all the connections between the duct parts and the walls are sealed. These are common areas for leaks or poor connections. If you have a large house or vents that are not easily accessible, it may be best to simply work with a professional contractor who can get the job done in a timely and effective manner.
Windows are the primary source of heat loss during the winter. Dress up your panes for the season by using heavy or lined drapes and closing them when the sun goes down. This helps keep the cold out and the heat in.
Tank-less Water Heaters
In our homes, we don’t just heat air, we heat water, too! Tons of it. Most of us have a huge tank (or two) of hot water sitting somewhere in our garage or basement that is being heated constantly. It’s an antiquated practice that no one is really sure why we’re still hanging on to! Tankless water heaters have been around for a long time; we just haven’t quite gotten around to adoptin it as standard in America. They heat your water as you need it; there’s obviously no tank to store it. It doesn’t need to keep hundreds of gallons of water heated 24/7. This means an endless supply of heated water, and cheaper water heating costs for your long, warm showers in the winter.