Winter may be halfway over, but there’s still plenty of time in the season to save money on energy costs for heating your home. You can find smart ways to adjust your thermostat and maintain home comfort while maximizing your heater output. And if you think you need a little help, you can always call one of our heating contractors to schedule a service appointment.
We can answer your questions and offer recommendations for how to make the most out of heating for your home. Just keep reading to learn more about our top four tips for saving money on your home heat for the rest of the winter season. Then, you can implement these tips again in the fall when you turn your heater back on.
Check Temperature Settings
One of the easiest ways to manage energy costs is by monitoring your thermostat settings. Experts recommend that you set the temperature no higher than 68° in the wintertime for heating. If you currently have your thermostat set higher, adjusting it down can be a big change. Try reducing the temperature by a single degree at a time over a period of several weeks so you can adjust slowly.
Each degree higher that you set the temperature will increase your energy costs by about 3%. If you don’t already have a smart thermostat, we encourage you to invest in one. Smart thermostats can help you to automate temperature adjustments and even make recommendations for saving even more on your energy costs.
Invest in Insulation
If your home is not very well insulated, or you haven’t had the insulation checked in a while, we encourage you to do so. Adding some extra insulation to your home can help trap the heat that your heater or furnace produces.
Trapping heat and keeping it inside lowers the amount of work that your unit has to do. When your heater does not have to work as hard to produce results because your home stays warmer for longer, you save money and use less energy. Plus, you reduce wear and tear to your unit and potentially save money on future repairs.
Schedule System Maintenance
It’s normal for your heater to lose a little bit of its efficiency as years go by. But when you schedule annual maintenance with our team of professionals, you give your heater the best chance to maintain its efficiency without costing more to operate year after year. Sure, it’s an expense, but it’s really an investment that returns more savings to you.
Consider an Upgrade
Sometimes, it’s simply time to invest in a new heater. We know that installing a new unit is a major expense. But if your heater is 15 years or older, it’s definitely time to begin considering a replacement. Your heater may be costing significantly more to operate than a more modern unit will.
Installing a high-efficiency heater can save you on your monthly energy costs for years to come. Plus, you’ll have elevated comfort, the peace of mind that your new unit has a long life ahead of it, and a manufacturer’s warranty to cover many unexpected problems.
Contact Potter Heating Cooling & Plumbing today to schedule your heating services. Our team is here to help with all of your heating and air conditioning needs.