When cold weather sets in, home heating bills rise. But with a few smart moves, you can keep your home heating bills to a minimum this coming winter.
1. Take a look at your hot water tank.
- Consider lowering the tank's thermostat a few degrees. Even a two or three degree adjustment will make a dent in your heating bills and you likely won't notice the difference in your home's water supply. If you go on vacation, you can lower it even more and re-set it when you return.
- Insulate the tank. You can purchase a fitted hot water tank cover, but a spare blanket will also do the trick. The less work required from your tank to keep the water hot, the lower your heating bill.
- If your tank is aging and you're in the market for a new one, consider replacing it with a cost-efficient tankless water heater system, which heats water only when you need it. Consult a qualified HVAC expert on which one to buy based on your budget and home requirements. They'll also be able to install it and make sure it runs smoothly.
2. Maintain your furnace.
- Your furnace filter should be replaced annually at the bare minimum. Check it every three months to see if yours needs more frequent replacing.
- Visually inspect the furnace ducts. If you notice any leakage or loose connections, contact a professional HVAC company to have them corrected.
- If your furnace is over 10 years old, it's wise to make an appointment for a certified HVAC representative to do a cleaning and maintenance check. Upon request, they can also provide you with an efficiency report and tell you the general condition of your furnace.
3. Take a look at your windows.
- Seal any window cracks between the frame and the sill with either insulation foam strips or a full window plastic coating. Your hardware store will offer a selection from which to choose.
- If your windows need to be replaced, then by all means, make the investment. The cost savings over time will eventually negate the expense, depending upon what brand style windows you choose.
- Replace thin summer curtains in the winter with thermal drapes. Thermal drapes are constructed with heavy fabric, and lined with fabric that has insulating properties.
These simple steps will lower your home heating bills. For additional helpful information and professional HVAC services, contact a local heating and cooling company like Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc.