What can I do during winter months to lower my energy bills?

Heating

Whether you enjoy winter or desire the warmer months in West Columbia, many of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us content. This can have a large impact on your monthly bills, but there are steps you can take to help lower those costs.

  • Assess the weather stripping – After many years, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to find any drafts that should be addressed.
  • Utilize your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be helpful in keeping your house warm. Keep them open during the day when the sun is out, and make sure to close them at the end of the day, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter routinely to see if it must be switched out. We advocate at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home keeps warm, but programmable thermostats can also save you money! You can arrange temperatures to be cooler when you are away from the home or sleeping. It’s just one way to be more efficient and help with energy costs.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have an acceptable amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a powerful tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Call for routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs to have checkups, too. Hiring experts to clean and maintain your system will verify that your system is running effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more expensive repairs if neglected.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—even with your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to look for a replacement heating system. The team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help you analyze the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the choices for newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps reduce the amount of money you are having to spend on heating bills, but many of them can help your heating system run more efficiently. More efficient energy use also improves the health of your equipment, which means your heating system will have a longer life.

If you are considering routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide additional information on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia a call to get started. Contact our team at 803-265-4208 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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