It’s getting colder. There was a moment when it seemed we’d have a full winter of fall weather, but it looks like that won’t be the case. We all budget for higher energy bills to keep our homes comfortable through the long cold. Although more expensive energy bills are common from November to April, they aren’t inevitable – you can learn some easy ways to save on heating costs.
Here are 5 easy ways to keep your house comfortable and save on heating costs this winter
1. Install a humidifier
Managed humidity levels in the home can make you feel warmer, even if your air temperature is the same in a dryer home.
Most homeowners find they can set the thermostat lower once they have a humidifier running in the house.
Your two options are:
- Small humidifier units for each room.
- A whole house humidifier, integrated with your furnace.
Both work well, and a member of our team can help you decide the best fit for your home.
2. Invest in a smart programmable thermostat
You can have a more comfortable home ecosystem and spend less money on heating. You just have to be smart about when and how much you heat the house. When everyone is out of the house, or in bed, program your thermostat to drop by at least 5 degrees.
Add an extra blanket to your beds and see how low you can set your heat while staying comfortable through the night. A programmable thermostat can crank up the warmth an hour before you have to get up. You can also access a smart WiFi Thermostat from anywhere, as long as your smart phone has a signal. So if everybody in the house is staying out late, you can adjust the schedule to turn the heat back up later in the evening.
3. Stay on a maintenance schedule
Maintenance helps your system stay youthful and helps you to save on heating costs in the long run. If your air filter is clogged, for example, the furnace has to work harder to force air through and you see the cost of that extra work on your bill at the end of the month. If any part of your furnace isn’t just as it should be, you’ll pay for it.
Regular annual maintenance will help you save money in the long run (and also help you delay the need to replace your furnace or other heating system).
4. Heat your water once
A standard water heater wastes a lot of energy. It heats water all the time – when you’re at work, asleep, watching a movie, cooking dinner – so you have hot water when you need it. Sometimes the water it heated cools down and has to be heated again. The heating and cooling cycle contributes to a huge chunk of your energy bills each month.
A tankless water heater is much easier on the bank account. And you don’t have to make a single sacrifice. It can continue to heat water long after the hot water supply on your regular water tank would run out. So if you need to stay in the shower for a full hour, you can. You can even finance the purchase and pay it off over time as you save on heating costs.
5. Heat the space you use
If you spend most of your time in the same areas of your home, you can more efficiently space heat those areas with a gas fireplace or stove. A space heater is more responsive to localized needs than a furnace. So if the room is chilled when you sit down, the space heater will have you comfortable in just a few minutes.
We can help you save money over the long term. Get in touch with a member of our team to start saving today.