Heating your home throughout the winter months is going to have an impact on your electric bill. However, there are a few simple tips that you can follow to keep things more affordable this time of year.
Proper Thermostat Settings
When you set your thermostat to “heat,” you also want to make sure that it is set to “auto” and not to “fan.” This will ensure that your system is not running constantly but is instead shutting out automatically when your home is at the desired temperature.
If it is within your budget, you can invest in a quality programmable thermostat. With this device, you can set your thermostat to automatically run less when you are not using it.
Replace Dirty Air Filters
So many homeowners do not realize the amount of money that they would save by changing the air filters to their HVAC system regularly. A dirty, clogged air filter is costing you money because it is decreasing the energy efficiency of your system. The system is having to work harder to keep you and your family comfortable.
In addition to releasing harmful dust and pollutants into your home, a dirty air filter is adding unnecessary wear and tear to your HVAC system. When you stop procrastinating and change your air filter for just a few dollars, you are saving thousands in the long run by not having to replace your entire system before its time.
Inspect Your Home for Air Leaks
If warm air is escaping your home or the cold air from outside is seeping in, your heating system is having to work harder to keep your home warm. This means that you are wasting energy and losing money.
Take the time to go through your entire house to find any possible air leaks. Check around all your windows and all your doors. Replace weatherstripping anywhere it is necessary and use caulking to seal up any cracks that you may find.
Go into your attic and check the insulation. Make sure that the entire floor of the attic is covered with insulation. Anywhere insulation is missing, you will need to add some to ensure air and heat are not escaping and costing you money every month.
Changing out your appliances is an energy-saving fix that may not be affordable to you at this time. However, if it is within your budget to purchase new appliances, you can save a considerable amount not only in the winter months but all year long. Old appliances use more energy to do the same thing that these newer models do, which means that you are paying more but not getting more.
When the temperature outside turns colder, do not make the mistake of just turning on the heat and forgetting about it. Take the time to make sure that you are doing everything that you can to ensure that you are heating your home in the most energy-effective way and keeping your electric bill as low as possible.