Written on: November 27, 2023
Save Money on Heat This Winter
Keeping your home warm and comfortable through our long Pennsylvania winters obviously costs money –but it doesn’t have to break the bank. To keep your home heating expenses under control, here are 10 smart and cost-effective ways to cut your heating bills.
10 Ways To Save On Home Heating
- Lower your thermostat – The U.S. Department of Energy says you can save about 10% on heating costs by lowering your thermostat from 72°F to 64°F for eight hours a day. The best time to do this is when you’re sleeping or away from home. It’s easy to do if you have a programmable thermostat!
- Bring in free solar heat – Keep drapes, blinds and curtains open during the day to allow the sunlight to warm your home. Be sure to close them at night to trap some of the solar heat inside.
- Weatherize – You wouldn’t leave a window wide open during the winter, would you? But that’s basically what you’re doing if you don’t fill in openings around external windows and doors in your home. Use caulk, weather stripping, door sweeps, and plastic sheeting to keep air leaks to a minimum. Consider insulating water pipes in unheated areas too.
- Check air filters monthly – If you have a furnace, check the air filter about once a month during winter, cleaning or replacing them (depending on the model) as needed.
- Clean and clear warm air registers – Clean the warm-air registers and check to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture or carpeting. Tip: if you’re not getting heat out of a register, check to make sure that the register is fully open.
- Check for open fireplace dampers – Be sure to close the dampers when you’re not using the fireplace so you don’t lose heat up the chimney.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans – Most people only use their ceiling fans in the summer. That’s when ceiling fan blades move in a counterclockwise direction to create a cooling breeze. But modern ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to switch the fan direction. In the winter, you should switch the fan’s motor so it runs the blades in the opposite direction: clockwise. This will push rising warm air back down into the room. By recirculating the warm air, the room temperature will get higher, taking some of the strain off your home heating system.
- Get preventive maintenance – Our service technician can spot small problems that could be robbing your heating system of efficiency, such as worn parts, rust and corrosion, burner problems, inadequate lubrication, and more. Most importantly, our expert technician will also find and correct potential safety issues. Arrange for professional home heating maintenance service each year. This will ensure that your heating system operates efficiently, saving you money on home heat.
- Check and seal ductwork – Studies show an average of 10-15% of the hot air produced by a forced air system escapes through ductwork leaks before ever reaching your living space. Have your ducts inspected every five years and get them sealed when necessary.
- Replace your old furnace or boiler – Older home heating systems can operate at efficiencies that drop into the 60% range – about 30% lower than most modern furnaces and boilers. That inefficiency can cost you thousands of dollars over the years – more than enough to justify the cost of a home heating system upgrade.
Do you have any concerns about heating your home? Are you worried about your boiler or furnace making it through another tough winter? Just contact us and we’ll take care of it! Become a Walton’s customer.