No one likes to receive high utility bills. While replacing all of your appliances with energy-efficient models will reduce your utility costs, it also requires a big initial investment.
As long as your furnace and other appliances are still in decent working order, you don’t have to spend very much to reduce your utility costs. Here are six simple, inexpensive ways to keep your fuel and electric bills manageable this winter.
1. Change Your Air Filter
New air filters only cost a few dollars each, and switching yours out every month will save you a bundle. When the filter is clean, your furnace’s blower does not have to strain as hard to push air through it. Plus, a clean filter keeps your home and HVAC system much cleaner — a clean furnace is an efficient furnace. It can also help lower your chance of needing furnace repair in Denver or even premature furnace installation in Denver.
2. Adjust Your Thermostat Settings
Programmable thermostats only save energy if you adjust them properly. For maximum savings, try setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home during the day. If you’re comfortable at 66 or 65, then that’s even better savings. Program the temperature to drop by 10 to 15 degrees when you’re away at work and the house is empty.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that this strategy should save you as much as 15 percent on heating costs.
3. Rope Caulk Leaky Windows
Do you have any older windows in which the glass is no longer secure and tight in the sash? Cold air blowing in through the gaps could be costing you a fortune. An easy fix is to purchase rope caulk — rolls of sticky material sold at most hardware stores.
You can push rope caulk into the gaps between the glass and the sash and into any gaps between the sash and the frame. The caulk will stop the cold air from blowing through. In the spring, you can easily pull off the rope caulk — it should not leave a residue — allowing you to open and close the window again.
4. Make or Buy a Door Snake
Another place where cold air leaks in is underneath the door. You can purchase a long, stuffed tube at most home goods stores — known as a door snake. Keep this wedged between the door the floor to stop the cold air. If you’re crafty, you can even make your own door snake by sewing a skinny tube of material and stuffing it with dry rice or beans.
5. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Most people think of ceiling fans as a means of keeping cool in the summer. But they can also be used during the winter. If you reverse the direction of the fan — which is usually done by moving a small switch on the fan base — the blades will push warm air down into the room and away from the ceiling. You want the fan to be turning clockwise in the winter and counterclockwise in the summer.
6. Schedule a Furnace Tuneup
Many furnace issues begin long before they cause noticeable problems or a loss of heat. Your furnace may have a loose belt or a loose bolt that is causing it to operate inefficiently. There may be dirt on the burner, or your blower may not be adjusted properly.
If you schedule a furnace tuneup with your HVAC company, they will make sure everything is adjusted for maximum efficiency. You’ll also be less likely to experience a loss of heat this winter.
Don’t pay more than you have to for utilities this winter. The tips above are easy to implement in one weekend, and they won’t cost you much at all. Contact us at Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an HVAC tuneup. Our heating and cooling pros will ensure your system is working at peak performance.
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