Tips for lowering your heating bill this winter
With the price of natural gas fluctuating, many Maryland homeowners who have a gas-powered furnace could feel the effects on their wallets this winter. But there are a few things you can do to help minimize your use that can keep those heating bills under control.
There’s no reason to pay for something when you aren’t using it. That goes for the heat in your home too. Of course, you don’t want to walk into a frigid house after work and you have to keep pipes from freezing, but today’s technology can work for you when it comes to turning on your furnace or heating system when you are home (or right before you wake up in the morning) instead of having it run at the same temperature all day and all night.
By installing a programmable thermostat, you can easily change the temperature of your home with very little effort. It’s best to keep your range within a few degrees so the system doesn’t have to work too hard to warm things back up to the desired temperature. And many options allow you to manage your thermostat from your smart phone.
Skip the Fireplace
Starting up a fire seems to be a classic way to bring more heat into your home. However, it doesn’t always do the trick. In fact, starting a fire could actually be making your home colder. Because the chimney pulls the warm air up and out of your house, you may be losing heat each time you start a fire. Additionally, the open chimney provides cold winter air with an opportunity to get inside.
You don’t need to give up the use of your fireplace completely. However, it isn’t smart to rely solely on heat from your fire to warm up your home. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure your damper is completely closed whenever your fireplace isn’t in use. You can also try an alternative to a traditional fireplace, including natural gas or propane fireplaces that do not require chimneys.
Lock Your Doors and Windows
The locks on your doors and windows can do more than just keep your family safe. By choosing to completely shut your windows or doors, you’re able to close the tiny gaps that may be letting cold air through. Closing the lock seals the cold air out and the warm air in.
If you’re still experiencing a cold breeze coming through your window gaps, you can take the extra step and add an additional sealant to the seams. Helping to shut these open areas can prevent drafts and help you keep your heating bills lower.
Cut the Hot Showers
Jumping in a hot shower on a cold day may feel amazing, but it could be costing you. Because you use your heat to warm up your water, taking long, hot showers could be adding more money to your bill. If you’re looking to lower your expenses, you may need to cut the amount of time you and your family spends showering.
Even just shortening your showers by a few minutes can help you save money. Additionally, opt for warm water over piping hot. While you may be tempted to crank the hot water as far as it will go, cooling it down a bit can save you cash.
You may feel like you need to choose between saving money and staying warm. However, you don’t need to empty your bank account just to keep from freezing this winter.
Of course, nothing beats the utility bills like a new energy-efficient heating system. Today’s models can pay for themselves in a very short time by cutting your energy bills by as much as 25 percent or more. Find out how your friends at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating can help you save money this winter and every day throughout the year with a brand-new home comfort system. We have convenient financing too if you qualify! Give us a call today to make your appointment.