With extreme cold weather expected this week, we thought it was appropriate to re-post some tips to keep your heating bill low this month.Listed below are a few simple tips and reminders.
- Keep your thermostat settings as low as you comfortably can. This one is a no-brainer, but lowering your thermostat a few degrees can have a significant impact over a month.
- Clean or change your filters. Filter and coil maintenance have a dramatic impact on system performance and service life. Dirty filters, coils, and fans reduce airflow through the system. Reduced airflow decreases system performance and can lead to compressor damage if it continues for an extended period.
- Clean baseboard heaters, warm-air registers, and radiators. Ensure there are no blockages by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
- Turn off ventilating fans. Kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air in an hour, so be sure to turn off ventilating fans as soon as they have done the job.
- Let the sunshine in. Keep draperies and shades on south-facing windows open during the Winter to allow sunlight to enter your home; keep them closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Close unoccupied rooms. If you have a room that is isolated from the rest of the house, simply close the door to conserve heat for the rest of the house.
- Check your dryer vent. Make sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outside, but away from the condensing unit or heat pump. Outdoor coils that are impacted with lint or dirt can result in a large increase in your utility bills.