Energy efficiency is something we all strive for, especially in the winter months. What are some ways to do that? It’s simple. Avoid these 4 common mistakes homeowners make while trying to cut their heating bills.
Mistake #1: Turn It Up, Turn It Down
Many people try to save money on heating bills by turning their thermostat way, way down during the day when they’re at work, then bumping it way back up at night. That makes the heating system work harder than it should to reheat the house, eliminating any savings they might have gotten during the day. While it’s beneficial to turn your furnace down between 5 and 10 degrees when you’re away, avoid the extreme temperature swings.
#2: Stick with That Old Filter
One thing that helps your furnace run efficiently is proper airflow. A dirty filter does not allow for proper airflow. Cleaning or changing your air filter frequently is a great way to improve the efficiency of your heating system this winter.
#3: Keep That Old Thermostat
An old thermostat does not make for an efficient HVAC system. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat allows you the flexibility to set the temperature to fit your lifestyle while using less energy and saving money on your utility bills. An old thermostat does the opposite.
#4: Preventing Preventative Maintenance
Do not avoid the service call. Regular maintenance on your heating system is the single most effective way to increase the energy efficiency of your system. Keeping it inspected, cleaned, tested, calibrated, and lubricated properly helps it run properly, effectively, and efficiently.
There are some great ways to save money on your utility bills, and there are some things to avoid. For everything you need to know about increasing your energy efficiency, talk to the pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.