If you’re tired of breaking the bank to pay your heating bills, you’re not alone. Most homeowners pay hundreds or thousands of dollars each year to warm their indoor spaces. Fortunately, there are dozens of ways to reduce your HVAC expenses without sacrificing comfort. If you’re wondering how to improve heating your home, you’ve come to the right place.
The HVAC technicians at Gold Star Services can evaluate your HVAC system and give you personalized recommendations that may help reduce your energy bills. We also offer comprehensive heating system maintenance plans, which will reduce your monthly expenses by ensuring your system is running efficiently. Call 302-376-7677 to learn more.
How to Improve Heating Your Home
You may already know that you can cut your heating bills significantly by keeping your thermostat a few degrees lower. Many HVAC technicians recommend 68 degrees fahrenheit. When nobody’s home, you may be able to reduce the temperature even further if your pipes are not in danger of freezing.
Energy.gov reports that homeowners can trim their energy bills by 5 to 15 percent by lowering their indoor temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours each day. If you go to school or work and nobody is home, consider programming your thermostat to a lower temperature during those hours. If you’re leaving your home for several days, remember to program your thermostat to turn off and on at the appropriate times.
Although optimizing your thermostat settings is the most effective way to manage your heating bills, there are many other strategies to consider. The heat escaping your home—not just the heat produced by your HVAC system—has a profound impact on your electricity costs. After all, if your home were perfectly insulated, you wouldn’t need a heating system at all.
That said, there are numerous ways to reduce the amount of heat that escapes your home, whether on your own or with the help of an HVAC professional:
- Adjust your door thresholds so they’re airtight
- Replace worn weather-stripping on your doors and windows to reduce draft
- Fix holes in your home’s exterior walls
- Fill in the non-insulated areas around your electrical boxes with acrylic latex caulk
- Insulate your attic access door
- Keep your curtains open during the day to allow the sun to heat your home
- Seal your ductwork
Now that you know the secrets to cutting your heating bills, it’s time to put them in action. If you still have questions or if you’d like to schedule a heating system inspection, call Gold Star Services today at 302-376-7677.