How to Keep Heating Bills Low this Winter

December 15, 2016
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Winter usually means big changes to the way you use our HVAC system. During the cooling season, you usually set your thermostat and forget it. Constantly fluctuating temperatures during the winter months can make it challenging to manage indoor comfort. If the falling temperatures outside your Liberty City, Texas, home are making you nervous, check out these tips to keep your utility costs low.

Pull Out the Winter Clothes

Setting your thermostat at a lower temperature can give you savings of up to three percent on your annual heating bill. If your average bill costs a couple of hundred dollars, lowering the thermostat by a few degrees could result in significant savings. But you don’t have to suffer in the cold. Simply keep plenty of throw blankets on your couches, add an extra layer or two to your bed, and make use of your sweaters and warmer clothing.

Check for Leaks

What many homeowners don’t realize is that they might be losing valuable heat to the outdoors. Worn, cracked, and missing weatherstripping on doors and windows can result in energy waste of up to 12 percent.

Check the doors and windows around your home to see whether they need to be replaced or if they could benefit from fresh caulk and weatherstripping. These materials are relatively easy to apply and are available at a reasonable price at most hardware stores.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Constantly adjusting your thermostat to accommodate for weather changes is an inefficient way to keep your home warm. Upgrading to a smart thermostat allows you to manage temperatures from your phone or another internet-enabled device, giving you better control from anywhere. Even a standard programmable thermostat, will help to reduce energy waste by allowing you to maintain an energy-efficient programming schedule.

With a few simple changes, you can take control and lower your heating bills. Another tip is to schedule a heating tuneup to make sure all components are working properly. Our technicians at JD’s A/c are available to check your HVAC system before it gets too chilly and you start experiencing problems. Give us a call at (903) 759-7483 for more information.

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