Thankfully, this winter hasn’t been anywhere near as cold as last year’s Polar Vortex. Still, that hasn’t stopped the occasional cold front from sweeping through, and without warning, the costs may have started to add up.
The good news: it’s still not too late to get started on lowering your heating costs. Here are 5 tips to get you started.
1) Get Your Hands on a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re looking to save some hard-earned cash, one of the easiest ways is to schedule out your heat usage. Turn your heat down during the day while you’re at work. You can also shave off a few degrees at night while you’re snuggled up in bed.
It’ll cost you a bit more initially (lower-end models only cost around $30), but you’ll make it up in no time. Doing this efficiently can save you as much as $200 per year.
2) Winter-proof Your Home
When was the last time you checked the caulk on your windows and doors? Every slight leak contributes to the overall heating of your home, and if you’re making your furnace work that much harder, you’re undoubtedly paying for it on the back end. Actions like wrapping your hot water heater with insulation and installing gaskets on outdoor outlets can go a long way. Weather stripping is another important method as well.
3) Invest in a High-efficiency HVAC System
Just like the programmable thermostat, this one will cost you upfront, but the benefits are worth it for multiple reasons. Older systems have to work harder to produce the same amount of heat, leading to increased costs. Eliminate this and you’ll jettison the costly repair bills as well. Right now, we’re offering a $200 rebate for all furnace replacements through June 30, 2016. Take advantage while you can!
4) Get Your Existing HVAC System Cleaned
Have a newer system already? Make sure you get it cleaned. Even the best furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps can become clogged with dirt and dust, reducing their efficiency and costing you more money. Plus, keeping them in good condition can only help in the ongoing battle to increase their longevity. We’re currently offering a $50 rebate on all system clean and check appointments. Don’t miss out.
5) Limit Your Fireplace Usage
This may seem counterintuitive, as your fireplace obviously generates heat when lit. The problem lies in the chimney, as the warm air of your home will typically rise up into the night right behind the fire smoke. Just make sure that the damper is properly closed when the fireplace isn’t in use.
Need help with these? Contact your local SMART Contractor for all your HVAC needs.