Reducing our energy consumption can be challenging in the winter. Running the furnace, space heaters, lighting, or just other daily appliances can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. If you are wanting to lower your energy bill, you may be wondering where to start. Limiting your furnace usage and keeping the winter winds from entering your home could be challenging, but R&D Heating And Air has tips for homeowners who want to lower energy bills. Read below for more ideas on how to lower your energy bills this winter.
1- Improve Insulation Around Your Home
A well-insulated home holds in the heat to keep everyone comfortable during every season. Insulation is the best way to keep your home warm during the winter while also keeping energy usage low. When your walls, attics, or basements are not insulated properly, the heat your furnace produces will essentially be a waste of money. Weather stripping can help cover small gaps around your home, but older homes may require a bigger project to insulate walls and entire rooms.
2- Program Your Thermostat
Smart thermostats can be programmed to keep your home at certain temperatures at different times of the day. Setting your thermostat to a lower heat setting when no one is home can lower your energy bill. Lower temperatures can stop the furnace from kicking on multiple times throughout the day or night when it is not needed. When you have an older thermostat, spending the money to upgrade to a programmable thermostat can save you money in the long run.
3- Seal Leaks Around Your Home
Cracks around windows and doors are the common reason that homeowners have high energy bills. These small openings let out the hot air inside your home. Homeowners who notice reoccurring drafts need to seal small openings around the home. The solution to drafts is often to turn up the heat, forcing them into a vicious cycle. The best way to lower your energy bill is to seal any of these cracks with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent heat loss.
4- Perform Heater Maintenance
An HVAC system needs maintenance and cleaning to continue running smoothly. Regular maintenance services will help keep the furnace from overworking during the winter. R&D Heating And Air can perform furnace tune-ups and repairs for homeowners in Utah. These services will make your home more energy-efficient during the winter. Replacing filters and removing buildup will lower your energy bills this winter.
5- Dress Warmer Inside Your Home
Instead of turning up the heat when you are cold in your home, try wearing more layers. Running the heater less will lower your bills, but this doesn’t mean you should suffer during the cold nights. Layering up as the temperature drops instead of consistently running your furnace for hours is a better financial decision.
6- Utilize Energy Efficient Appliances
Modern advancements have hit the market to help improve the environment and homes. Energy-efficient appliances can help lower a homeowner’s monthly bills without too much effort. These appliances pull less power when you use them and require almost no effort on your part. Energy Star-rated heaters, furnaces, and water heaters are all appliances that can help improve your home.
7- Trap The Heat With Curtains And Blinds
Placing curtains and blinds over your windows will help hold heat inside the home. They shut out drafts and insulate around your windows. Letting the sunlight in through windows during the day will limit the need to run your HVAC system. Closing the curtains or blinds at night will hold in that heat you accumulated throughout the day.
8- Limit Space Heater Usage
If your HVAC system doesn’t do an efficient job of heating the entire home, you may find it beneficial to use space heaters. These small devices utilize a significant amount of energy and can impact your monthly energy bills. Consider using space heaters in combination with other heating methods to maximize efficiency.
Lower Your Energy Bill With R&D Furnace Services
Our team focuses on keeping Utah homeowners comfortable throughout the year. R&D offers multiple services that will help ensure maximum furnace efficiency. Furnace tune-ups and furnace repairs will help lower your energy bills by preventing the system from overworking.
R&D Heating and Air was founded in 2018 to provide professional service with great customer service to clients in Utah. Our company is fully licensed and insured for customer protection. Whether you need a completely new HVAC system or just some routine maintenance, our HVAC team can make it happen.