What can I do during winter months to lower my energy bills?

Heating

Whether you like winter or desire the warmer months in Heflin, most of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us content. This can have a big impact on your utility costs, but there are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs.

  • Check weather stripping – Over time, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to find any drafts that need to be addressed.
  • Take advantage of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be useful in keeping your house warm. Keep them open while the sun is still shining throughout the day, and make sure to close them at the end of the day, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter continually to see if it should be switched out. We recommend at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – It may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home remains warm, but programmable thermostats can also save you money! You can set temperatures to be cooler when you are away from the home or sleeping. Using your heat more efficiently helps lower your bill.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Look to see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a powerful tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Book routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs a little attention, too. Hiring experts to clean and maintain your system will verify that your system is running effectively and efficiently. They can also identify small issues that could end up as more costly repairs if left unchecked.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—despite your efforts to increase efficiency—it might be time to purchase a replacement heating system. An expert at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can help you review the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the selection of newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps lower the amount of money you are putting toward your energy costs, but many of them can help your heating system work more efficiently. More efficient energy use also improves the health of your equipment, which means a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you are considering routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide insight on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Heflin a call to get started. You can reach us at 256-270-1196 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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