5 Ways to Lower Your Heating Costs this Coming Winter
As temperatures begin to fall and energy prices increase, it has become more important than ever to consider lowering your heating bill. Global energy prices are rising across the board.
According to the Energy Information Administration, if the winters turn out to be even a little colder than usual, heating costs can increase by 15% for households using electricity and by 50% for those using natural gas. The change in heating costs can be as high as 94% for those using propane.
Given these figures, it is easy to see why more people are exploring ways to lower their heating costs this winter. At Air Texas AC, we have 5 tips for you to help bring down your heating costs.
1. Clean & Service Your Heating System
Clean and service your heating system. There are different types of HVAC systems, but all require periodic filter changes for the system to work properly and efficiently. While larger systems can keep working for 6 to 9 months without a filter change, those with thinner filters need to be changed every season. Get your HVAC service company to check the ductwork. Fixing leaks can help save hundreds of dollars every year.
2. Draft-proof Your Windows
According to the Department of Energy, 30% of heating energy in a household can be lost through windows. If you have old and warped windows, replace them with energy-efficient windows before the winter sets in. You can also consider adding another layer of insulation to your window pane by installing low-E window film.
Also make sure the window and door stripping are in good condition. If you don’t want to replace them, consider sealing any leaks. You should also ensure the overall insulation is working in your home.
3. Make Use of Sunlight
You can use the available sunlight during the winter months to reduce your heating costs. All you have to do is keep the curtains and blinds open when the sun comes out. Sunlight provides a free way to warm up your rooms. After the sun sets, close the blinds and drapes to retain the collected heat.
4. Lower Your Thermostat
When you lower your thermostat by even a few degrees, it can contribute to accumulated savings during the winter months. For example, the Department of Energy reports when the thermostat is turned down by 7-10 degrees for up to 8 hours, it can bring down your annual energy bill by up to 10%.
It is further recommended to turn the heating down to the lowest level you can bear at night, when you are out, or when you are on a vacation. It is better to install a smart or programmable thermostat to prevent the need for constant adjustment.
5. Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are not meant to be turned off during the winter. They do have a role to play in the winter as well. It is likely that your fans have a reverse switch too. You can run them in the reverse to create an updraft. This will cause the hot air to move up and then move down to wherever there is colder air. Using ceiling fans smartly can help warm your rooms evenly, and prevent your heating systems to work harder and longer to maintain the desired temperatures.
So, it is recommended to use these 5 methods to bring down your heating costs. If you need your heating systems inspected and serviced before the winter sets in, it is recommended to contact Air Texas AC at (210) 602-7181 or write to us.