Even if you are a huge fan of winter, chances are you’re not a huge fan of the increase that you see in your heating bills during the cold season we face here in Pennsylvania. While it’s inevitable that you’ll be using your heat more often, that doesn’t necessarily have to mean huge increases when it comes to your heating costs.
There are ways to warm up your home that don’t require you to blast your heat excessively. These five methods and techniques can actually help you save money, which, if you are a fan of the winter or not, will probably appeal to you.
Tips for lowering your heating bills
Use weather strips and caulk – Adding weather strips and caulk to a chimney or to any gaps that you may have in your home’s windows or doors is a great way to keep heat from escaping your home. If you find this ineffective, consider replacing any windows that have gaps with storm windows.
Check the air filters – What you want during the winter is a heating system that is working at peak efficiency. If you have dirty or clogged air filters, a heating system is not going to be working at top efficiency, as it is going to have to work harder to produce heat than it would if it had a clean filter. Not only is this not great for the system, but you’re also going to see the consequences on your heating bills. During the winter season, it’s best to check the status of your air filters about once a month. Clean or replace them accordingly.
Insulate – Similar to how adding weather strips and caulking is helpful, adding extra insulation is helpful as well. This is another technique that traps heat and keeps it circulating in your home.
Use your thermostat to your advantage – A programmable thermostat is a great option for helping you save on heating costs. With the device, you can change your home’s temperature with a pre-set timer. For example, if you home is going to be empty for a while you can have your thermostat automatically turn off shortly before you leave the house. You can also have it automatically turn back on shortly before you go back home. This means that you don’t have to leave your heat blasting in order for you to come home to a warm and comfortable house. It’s also important that you know how to use your thermostat properly, whether it’s programmable or not, as improperly using a thermostat could mean you’re spending money where you don’t have to.
Open your curtains and blinds – Keeping your blinds open during the day lets the rooms in your house warm-up from natural sunlight. Closing them at night keeps more heat inside.
Koppy’s Propane can keep your home and family warm with our expert propane tank installation and service. We even offer flexible payment plans and automatic propane delivery, both of which are ways for you to save. Contact us today to learn more.