Taking a bite here and there out of your energy costs is a never-ending battle. And let’s be truthful – these are still relatively tough economic times, and a time of economic uncertainty where, for most families, every dollar counts.
So if you’re serious and even determined to reduce your home heating costs, here are five proven effective ways to do just that.
- Start by Warming up You!
If you’re accustomed to lounging about in a tee-shirt and thin pajama pants, you’re asking your furnace to put in some overtime to keep you as warm as you’d like to be. So give your furnace and budget a break this winter by adding a layer or two of clothing, and then watch your heating bills come tumbling down.
- Add another Layer of Attic Insulation
According to various studies, most homes built before 1980 are under-insulated, meaning that very often heat is being allowed to escape outdoors where it does you no good at all. But now, you can stop a large percentage of home heat loss by adding another layer of attic insulation, especially if you currently have 12 inches or less. Or, maybe your insulation hasn’t been touched since your 30+ year old home was built. If so, it might be time to replace it entirely. But either way, it’s worth taking an up-close to determine exactly what kind of shape it’s in.
- Purchase a Whole-House Humidifier
Here at Air Professional Associates, we can quickly and easily add a whole-house humidifier to your furnace that would accomplish several objectives at the same time. First, you’ll be just as comfortable and warm as you do now but at lower temperature settings, and that’s where the energy savings comes into play. More indoor moisture during the winter offers a host of other benefits, as well, including relief for allergy and asthma sufferers, less if any static electrical shock, moister skin, shinier and less frizzy hair, and so on.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat with Remote Wi-Fi Access
If you’re heating your house to your desired comfort settings 24/7, the question is “why”, especially since you don’t have to. Instead, invest in one or more programmable thermostats with remote Wi-Fi access so you can change the settings should your planned time of arrival back home deviate from the norm. Even without the Wi-Fi feature, you can still save a ton by programming your thermostat to a lower temperature setting during your normal hours away from home.
- Install a Ceiling Fan or Two or Reverse the Setting on Those You Already Have.
Heat rises, right? Well, by reversing the direction of a bi-directional ceiling fan, you’ll be causing all that otherwise useless warm air to be redirected into your living spaces, thus enabling you to lower your temperature setting and enjoy even more home heating cost relief.
Here’s another great tip from Air Professional Associates: if it’s been a year or longer since your heating system was last professionally serviced, then contact us today for our cleaning and inspection service. It’s a great way not only to cut your heating costs, but help prevent repair problems while extending the life of your system, all of which saves you money while enhancing your indoor comfort.