If you feel like you’re spending too much money on heating, you’re not alone. For most people (in cold climates), heating takes up the highest portion of energy bills in a month. We cannot go without it during the winter and fall, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost an arm and a leg.
While you should expect bills to go up as temperatures drop, you might still be paying more than you should. There are ways to upgrade your home, change your habits, and make your heating system run more efficiently. Save fuel and electricity with our heating tips below, and call our team when you need heating service in East Grand Rapids, MI.
ONE: Schedule a Tune-Up
First, the easiest way to save money on heating is a tune-up. That’s because all you have to do is make a phone call! Most professional technicians offer heating service before the season begins, which may be called a heating tune-up or maintenance. In any case, this usually consists of a complete inspection as well as an adjustment of some components.
This helps you save money in a couple of ways. Although you pay for the service, what you save on heating can really add up. When the components run smoothly, it costs less to run your heater. And with early detection of heating issues, you can make repairs sooner and prevent yourself from having to pay for a complete system breakdown later on.
TWO: Turn Down the Temperature
This next one seems simple, but can be difficult for some families. Turn down the temperature to about 68°-70°F most of the time! Most people can tolerate these temperatures (although elderly family members or those who are ill may require higher settings).
What’s most important is that you don’t try to turn the temperature up all the way when the home is chilly. Pressing the “up” arrow on the thermostat until the temperature reading is in the 80s is unnecessary. It won’t cool the home any faster, and will only raise your bills!
THREE: Make Your Home a Warmer Place
You can always try to make your home warmer naturally. Open up the blinds and shades in the winter to let some sun in, and limit the amount of time doors are open. Keep blankets stocked up and put plenty of warm throws and pillows in seating areas.
FOUR: Change Your Filter
Finally, it’s important to change your filter regularly, every 1-3 months at least. A dirty filter may not seem like such a big deal, but it’s costing you. When all that dirt and debris blocks the filter, the right amount of air cannot get through. A clean filter ensures proper airflow, and it’s such an easy task! You can keep air filters stocked up for fall and winter: just make sure they are the proper size. Set a schedule and stick to it, and you can save more money on air conditioning with time.
GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc offers heating service in East Grand Rapids, MI. Call our friendly team today!