The idea of saving money on HVAC costs is welcomed by Yuma-area homeowners at any time of the year. Fortunately, there are several ways you can save money and still keep your home comfortable in the winter. Here are some top tips on saving money to follow this winter.
Lower Thermostat Settings
A programmable thermostat will help you save money if you utilize its programming to cut down on HVAC energy use. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% on heating bills if you lower your thermostat between 7 and 10 degrees for just eight hours every day.
There are many times during winter when you can turn back your thermostat, such as when you’re away from the house or while sleeping at night.
Sealing air leaks improves your home’s energy efficiency. Some areas where you should look for and seal cracks and gaps include around doors, windows, and where cables and pipes go out of or into your house. You should also have your ductwork inspected for poor connections, leaks, and holes by an HVAC professional.
Have Your Heat Pump or Furnace Maintained
Getting your heating system serviced is one of the best ways to save money in the winter. Professional servicing helps keep your system operating at top efficiency, maximizing your savings. Don’t forget to check your filters every month and replace or clean them if they’re dirty.
Close the Fireplace Flue
Using the fireplace allows you to stay warm and lower the thermostat setting. However, ensure the flue is shut when you’re not utilizing the fireplace. If the seal isn’t adequately tight, you can invest in a fireplace blanket or inflatable chimney balloon.
Use a Space Heater Strategically
It costs you less to run an energy-efficient portable space heater than a heat pump or a furnace. You can use the portable heater to warm whichever room you’re in and reduce the heat in the other rooms.
Your pocketbook will thank you if you adopt the tips above with an eye toward saving money. For more tips on saving money in the winter, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We provide HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance services to residents in the Yuma area.