With Winter creeping up earlier than expected for some parts of our country, homeowners are already on a quest to find options that keep their houses warm without emptying their wallets. There are many easy steps you can take to ensure that your energy bills remain low throughout the season, starting with an annual assessment to ensure that your heating system is operating properly and efficiently before the harsh winter weather hits.
To combat winter weather, homeowners should have their heating systems inspected annually by a Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) professional. Be sure to shop around to find the highest qualified inspector and the best prices. Check to see if technicians are NATE certified (North American Technician Excellence). With your system running at its highest efficiency, consider the following to keep costs low:
- Check heating filters every couple of weeks and change them at least twice in the season.
- Check and maintain your insulation. Improperly insulated walls, floors, attics, basements and crawlspaces drain away heat and can lead to moisture imbalance.
- Turn down your thermostat. Keeping your thermostat five degrees cooler can lower your heating bills without affecting your home's comfort.
- Install a programmable thermostat and adjust the settings to reduce the temperature when you're not at home.
- Clean the furnace area. Don't keep chemicals or cleaning products near your heater, and don't store anything next to it that could impede ventilation.
- Install a humidifier. Humidity in summer makes you feel hotter, and the same is true in winter since dry air feels cooler than moist air. A simple humidifier may make the home feel five degrees warmer than a home with dry air.
By properly maintaining your heating and cooling system, you can ensure maximum efficiency to keep your family comfortable throughout the long and frigid season.
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