1. Lower the temperature in your home during the day when you're at work and when you sleep at night. An extra blanket on the bed will keep you warm and lowering the temperature just a few degrees can make a big difference. If you have trouble remembering to reduce the temperature, installing a programmable thermostat will help. This is a small, one-time investment that will help you save money on your winter heat bill for many years to come!
2. Check the thermostat on your water heater. Most of the time, the factory settings that come pre-set on residential water heaters are set higher than necessary. The average family does fine with around 120 degrees. This is another example where adjusting a few degrees can make a big difference in your winter heat bill.
3. Close the damper on your fireplace when not in use. Fireplaces are awesome and a beautiful addition to any home. However, some of you may not realize that the damper, which keeps the smoke out of your house when the fireplace is in use, actually allows cold air to leak in when a fire isn't burning. By closing the damper between uses, you can keep the cold air out and reduce your winter heat bill.
4. Open up the shades and draperies during daylight hours. Natural sunlight is a great source of free heat! During the day, keep your drapes and shades open to allow mother nature to add warmth to the your home. Close them when the sun goes down to enjoy your privacy.
5. Do an annual tuneup of your heating system. It doesn't matter if your system is one year old or 10 years old, you should schedule an annual tuneup with a trusted HVAC Contractor. By scheduling it at the same time every year it will be easier to remember when it needs to be done. A tuneup can keep the system working at the top of it's game and help avoid any extra costs a large repair may carry.
By being proactive, you can keep your reduce your winter heat bill and avoid unnecessary costs in the future. If you need additional assistance, please feel free to call Tri Star Heating and Cooling. We proudly serve the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Region for all your heating and cooling needs.