Heating your home accounts for about 42 percent of your total energy use, so it makes sense to consider new ways to manage your comfort and budget. Heating and cooling experts like those at Plumbing Utah Heating & Air are a great resource for tips on improving efficiency. Below are our top ten suggestions for staying warm and saving money.
Have your furnace cleaned and inspected. Regular maintenance is an important step that can lower your energy needs and your utility bill. When your furnace is running at its best, it can save you money every month, and keep going longer without needing expensive repairs.
Change your filters. Replacing the air filter as recommended helps your furnace run more efficiently, and that means more savings and cleaner air for you and your family.
Insulate. Poorly insulated homes are a huge money waster, as they allow the warmth you generate inside to leak out of the house. Pay special care to your attic, as the heat in your living space will try to rise to the top of your house if not blocked by enough insulation.
Get a smart thermostat. It’s easy to save when you can schedule minimum home heating for times when you’re away or asleep.
Keep drafts out. Caulking or covering poorly sealed windows can make a big difference when it comes to keeping cold out and heat in.
Air dry your laundry. This may not be feasible for everyone, but if you have the time and space to air dry your wet clothes you can save a substantial amount of energy that would otherwise be devoted to the dryer. Outdoor clotheslines are no good in sub-zero temperatures, but if you find space in your basement, bathroom or other areas, you will thank yourself every month when the gas bill arrives.
Consider alternative heat sources. Bundle up in warm clothing and blankets, and use other heat sources like electric blankets, space heaters or a fireplace to give your central heater a break.
Let sunshine in. Solar heat is a wonderful thing, so open curtains and shades on sunny days. Besides improving the temperature in the room, sunlight can also improve your mood.
Add a humidifier. Adding moisture can make the air feel a few degrees warmer, without bumping up the temperature setting and your heating bill. A humidifier also helps fight dry winter skin and annoying static electricity.
Get help from a professional. You can ensure your heating system is running at maximum efficiency by having an HVAC technician pay a service call each year before the cold season sets in and check that all your components are functioning properly. Not only will this keep your bills lower, it will help reduce the risk of a breakdown in the dead of winter.
Sandy Furnace Repair Company
Installing a new furnace is a considerable investment and should be done with a well of expert knowledge. If you are in or around Sandy Utah and would like an opinion you can trust, call Plumbing Utah Heating & Air today at (801) 601-1298 to request a service call or estimation.