What can I do during winter months to lower my energy bills?

December 21, 2018

Whether you appreciate winter or desire the warmer months in New Castle, a lot of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us content. This can have a huge impact on your utility costs, but there are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs.

  • Check weather stripping – After many years, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to find any drafts that should be addressed.
  • Take advantage of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be helpful in keeping your space warm. Keep them open when the sun is shining during the day, and make sure to close them at night, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter routinely to see if it needs to be switched out. We suggest at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat – They may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home keeps warm, but programmable thermostats can also save you money! You can arrange temperatures to be on a lower setting when you are away from the home or sleeping. Using your heat more efficiently helps lower your bill.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Look to see if you have a sufficient amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a great tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Schedule routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs to have checkups, too. Hiring experts to clean and maintain your system will confirm that your system is operating effectively and efficiently. They can also identify small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if ignored.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—even with your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to consider a replacement heating system. An expert at Central Heating & Plumbing can help you analyze the performance of your HVAC system and walk through your options for newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps decrease the amount of money you are having to spend on heating bills, but many of them can help your heating system run more efficiently. More efficient energy use also maintains the health of your equipment, which means a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you are considering routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide more tips on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle a call to get started. You can reach us at 724-401-1843 or book an appointment with us online.