As we move into winter and the weather gets colder, your heating system will be working harder than it has been at any other time of the year. Because of that, keeping your heating bills low and your heating system efficient as it warms your San Angelo, TX home assumes greater importance. Here are some tips on how to keep your heating bills as low as possible this winter without sacrificing comfort.
1. Stop Air Leaks
Air leaks are one of the biggest threats to the efficient functioning of your heating system, and they can arise from a variety of sources. First, keep a close eye on your doors and windows, as you may be leaving them at least slightly open and allowing heat to needlessly escape from your home. This will only force your heating system to work harder and raise your heating bills.
Once you’ve properly sealed your doors and windows, we recommend giving some attention to your ductwork and your home’s insulation. There may be holes in your HVAC ducts that have arisen from years of accumulated damage, and air and heat may be escaping through them without you even knowing it. Lastly, your home’s insulation may be old, ineffective and overdue for a replacement or addition.
2. Schedule Maintenance
Ideally, it would have been better to have scheduled maintenance for your heating system during the fall, but doing it during the winter is still far better than not doing it at all. During maintenance, a trained HVAC technician will thoroughly examine your system, find its flaws and make appropriate suggestions for further action, including repairs, part replacements and so on.
3. Set Your Thermostat Lower
Set your thermostat to the lowest temperature that you are comfortable with. This may require you to do some experimentation, but if you do so, you may save quite a bit of energy. Of course, you shouldn’t be setting the thermostat to uncomfortably cold temperatures.
With a few simple actions, you can turn your San Angelo, TX home into a haven for heating efficiency this winter. Call Bowles Heating & Cooling and ask for our heating services to get more advice on how best to do this.
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