How high are your monthly heating bills during the winter? We think they’re probably too high. Of course, we can’t know for certain. We have, however, been in the HVAC business long enough to have experience with the ways people heat their homes—and often there are many places for improvements. You might already be spending more than you should without even realizing it.
Most of these mistakes in home heating are easy to correct. Let’s take a look at a few methods to chop down those ugly heating bills!
Always remember routine maintenance for the heater
This is something you should take care of before winter starts: calling our service professionals to arrange for maintenance to clean, adjust, and inspect your heating system. We make it easy and convenient with our HVAC maintenance program. Heating equipment that receives regular maintenance can cost, on average, 30% less to run than equipment that doesn’t. Plus, it will last years longer.
Regularly change the heating system air filter
If your home uses a forced-air heating system (furnace or heat pump), make sure to change the air filter every 1 to 3 months. A clogged filter is one of the top reasons for a furnace or heat pump to start draining more power than usual. You can ask for assistance from our team if you don’t know where the filter is located or what kind to use. (The stronger the filter, the less frequently it needs to be changed.)
Don’t raise the thermostat, lower it
“But I don’t want to be cold!” Don’t worry—we’re not asking you to turn the thermostat down so low your home becomes an igloo. But turning up the thermostat to the highest setting is a waste of money, and it’s not terribly effective at providing comfortable warmth. The bigger the difference in temperature between indoors and outdoors, the faster heat from the home escapes outside—and the more the heater has to work to replace it. Turn the thermostat down to 68°F during the day and put on a sweater. This is an ideal temperature for energy savings. Lower the setting down further at night when people are asleep.
Have the heater shut off when nobody’s home
You may have heard that it’s more cost-effective to have a heating system running all day, even when the house is empty, because it won’t need to expend too much energy warming up the cold house later. But this isn’t true. You want the heater off when the house is empty. We recommend installing a programmable or smart thermostat so you can have the heater turn on a half hour before you come home so you’ll have a comfortable climate without keeping the system on all day.
Caulk windows and put weather stripping around the doors
To slow down heat loss so your heating system doesn’t have to labor so hard to replace it, seal the cracks around windows with caulking, then put weather stripping around external doors.
For assistance to keep your heater efficient and your bills down, you can always consult with us. We are a family-owned and operated company, and that means we understand the importance of treating families right. Let us take care of your heating in Cherry Hill, NJ!
Gibson Heating & Cooling serves Burlington, Camden Counties, NJ and Bucks County, PA.