How to Cut Heating Costs This Winter
The staff at Integrity Heating & Cooling knows that the winter months can be expensive when it comes to heating your home. You want your home to be comfortable for you and your family. However, that comfort comes at a cost. We have a few suggestions about how you can manage your heating expenses this season.
Wear Extra Layers
If you expect to walk around comfortably in shorts during the heating season, your heating costs are going to be high. When you routinely wear extra layers like a sweatshirt or sweater, you can stand to keep your indoor temperature a little bit lower. Even lowering the temperature by a degree or two can make a big difference in the long run.
This tip goes double for your bedroom. Don’t be afraid to add extra blankets and a good comforter during the winter months. This will allow you to let the temperature dip during the overnight hours. Not only does this save you money, but it can also make for more comfortable sleeping.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat helps you minimize the amount of time your heating system is burning fuel while you are out of the house. If you use it sensibly, you will not notice that your home is colder during the day, and you can have your house warmed up for your return home. Newer, smart thermostats can save you even more money. These devices learn your heating habits over time, giving you a more refined heating schedule. Even if it only keeps the system quiet an extra 10 minutes a day, that will add up to several hours of lowered heating costs over the season.
Maintain Your Furnace
One way you can save money during the heating season is to have a professional give your furnace a tune-up before the season begins. Over time, furnaces lose some of their original power and efficiency. A trained professional can restore some of that capability by making small adjustments that improve performance. Not only will this lower your operating costs, but it will also lengthen the life of your heating system.
The technicians at Integrity Heating & Cooling are ready to help you with your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs. In addition to maintenance, we can also handle your system installation and any unexpected repairs. Contact us today to set up an appointment in Charlotte, Gastonia, Concord, or Lake Norman.Tags: Energy Efficiency, Furnace Maintenance, Heating