Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

December 2, 2020

With the tight budgets this year, saving money is more critical than ever. Most families are looking for ways to cut down energy costs for long-term money solutions. American Service Company wants to help you reduce your utility costs. Here are our top five solutions for making your home more comfortable and saving you money.

How changing furnace filters makes a difference to your home heating bill

The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA tells people to get into the routine of checking their furnace filters to save money and have better air quality. People with pets or several occupants may need to check or change their filters more often.

How long should you go between changes? For most people, this answer is 30 days. Individuals in low humidity areas or dusty climates may also need to check filters more often.

Air filters grab tiny particles of dust and debris that float through the home. Keeping a clean filter in the system means better air movement throughout the home. The furnace will have a smaller load on the unit, helping it last longer. By extending the life of the furnace, homeowners are getting hundreds or thousands of dollars more use out of this system. Another perk is that better running equipment breaks down less often, saving money now and in the future.

Benefits of biannual maintenance checks

Routine checkups help home systems like HVAC units operate in top condition. Energy Star offers tips to do at home between regular maintenance visits from your trusted local HVAC specialist. We recommend twice-yearly preventative checks for home heating and cooling systems.

The age, condition, and climate make a significant difference to the needs of your unit. Our qualified technicians will develop a customized maintenance plan to extend the life of your furnace and save you the most money on your monthly energy costs. A six-month checkup means your system gets a thorough inspection before the hottest and coldest season, giving you peace of mind your family is never in the cold.

Remember your vents and ducts need attention

These pathways should always remain clear. Dust and debris can minimize airflow and cause damage to your HVAC system. Besides regular cleaning, there are things you can do to keep your energy use to a minimum. By purchasing or hemming curtains to a minimum of six inches above the vents, you let the warmth from the ducts get out into the room. Keep furniture at least this far away from the vent.

You may find it surprising that our technicians tell people to leave all the vents open in your home. When you close a vent, it changes the movement of air. This change costs energy because the furnace must adjust to the difference in air pressure. When you change it back, the same thing happens. It saves more money to leave air vents open whether or not you use the space.

Cut down the drafts and warm up this winter with better insulation

Getting more air under and around your furniture will help cut down drafts from your windows and doors. The best way to minimize wayward air movements is by insulating your home. You will get the most impact out of upgrading or adding insulation to the attic and crawlspace, which heats up and cools off quickly.

To get rid of other drafts, you can add weather stripping to the jambs on your doors and caulk around the windows. If you have any holes or cracks in your walls, then sealing them with silicone will waterproof the spot and seal out drafts. You may also like spray foam for the convenience and how it penetrates air cavities. A door sweep can be your best friend when it is below freezing and the wind is whipping outside.

Shave down energy costs with a programmable thermostat

Using a thermostat you can program will save you money now and later. This equipment keeps the home environment at a constant temperature so that the furnace is not on constantly. When you want it warmer in the home, then the thermostat will automatically extend the time the furnace runs to build the temperature up gradually, saving you money on utility costs. This little machine is the hub of your HVAC system. By using a smart thermostat, you can control your home heating and cooling from anywhere in the world.

Saving money on your home energy costs takes a little work, but you can quickly add maintenance tasks and appointments to your calendar. With regular checks from your HVAC provider, you know your system is operating the most efficiently. Your furnace will break down less often with the right care and attention. If you clean your vents when you change the clocks, then you will reap the rewards of better air, less sneezing, and fewer allergy attacks. To remember to change your furnace filter, put the task on the first or last day of the month. Opening the blinds on sunny days reduces the time the furnace runs.

Need help with your heating system? American Service Company can perform a complete check-up and service of your heatin system. Read More!

References:

https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/heating_cooling/maintenance_checklist
https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/air-cleaners-and-air-filters-home