While winter heating bills are often lower than the Texas summer air conditioning bills when systems are running around the clock, they can be high enough to put a significant dent in a typical budget. What’s a homeowner to do? Fortunately, there are some simple strategies that you can use now to slash your home heating bills during these cold winter months.
Replace Your Filters
Homeowners often forget to replace the filters in their heating system. However, this easy task should be scheduled on a regular basis. Old air filters clogged with dust, dander, and other particulates obstruct airflow and make your heating system work harder than necessary. This translates into higher heating costs. Pencil in changing the filter once a month, and you’ll undoubtedly see a drop in your bill.
Turn Down the Water Heater
The factory default temperature for water heaters is typically 120 degrees. This is far hotter than you need your water. By turning it down a couple of degrees, you’ll still have plenty of warm water for bathing and cleaning and will save yourself a noticeable amount each month.
Program Your Thermostat
If you’re not home, there’s no reason to crank your heater to 75 degrees. Instead, program your thermostat so that it’s lower while you’re at work and asleep and higher when you’re awake and at home. At Gentry, our experts can help you choose the right type of programmable thermostat for your home.
A tremendous amount of warm air can escape in the winter, as well as cool air in the summer, from unsealed windows and gaps under doors. Take the time to effectively caulk and weatherstrip these and reduce your monthly costs both in the winter and in the summer.
Maintain Your System
The most effective way to lower your bill is to ensure that it’s working as it should be. Call Gentry today to schedule maintenance for your system. Our skilled technicians are here for you. Don’t wait until the winter hits — schedule your tune-up today!