Whatever your home heating source may be, most homeowners find it somewhat frustrating and even challenging to watch those monthly energy bills go up. The professionals here at South Nashville Heating & Cooling want to share with all our valued customers, four of the top ways you can conserve energy this winter and lower your monthly utility bills.
For starters, you should perform routine maintenance to your furnace and your overall heating system. Because your furnace and all its ductwork are pretty much out of sight, it is quite easy for homeowners to overlook the needs of their heating systems. Performing routine maintenance ensures that your furnace is performing at peak levels, is energy efficient and also helps to extend its lifespan. Reaching out to our professional HVAC team to perform an annual inspection of your heating system in their efforts to identify any problems and provide effective and efficient solutions is one important way to ensure your system is fully operational, especially during the coldest winter months.
Next, investing in the ever-popular programmable thermostat is an effective way of minimizing energy costs. These innovative and affordable thermostats allow you to set the temperatures in your home for specific times of day and night so that your heat is not running at full force when you are not at home or even when you are sleeping. You can set specific temperatures in separate rooms at determined times, and enjoy both an increase in energy savings and a decrease in those challenging winter electric bills.
Yet another simple yet effective way to lower those utility bills is to change out your furnace filters regularly. When the filters on your furnace become dirty and clogged they force your furnace to work much harder and longer in order to keep your home warm and comfortable. When you change them routinely it minimizes restriction of airflow and allows your furnace to perform at its best levels. The key here is that the cleaner your air filters are, the better your furnace will perform.
The fourth and final way to help minimize energy costs this winter is to ensure that your fireplace is in tip top shape and prepared to handle the cold weather. Be sure the damper is well sealed and or closed when you are not using the fireplace, otherwise the warm air in your home is allowed to escape. You may want to add tempered glass doors since they help your fire to burn better and produce more heat. They also radiate the heat into your living space a whole lot better than a fireplace without tempered doors and definitely contribute to increased energy savings and decreased utility bills.
Winter can be a challenging time of year for many reasons and certainly maintaining energy savings and lowering utility bills come in at the top of the list for many homeowners. We hope you found this blog useful and want to remind you that if you are in need of any type of heating or cooling services or repairs, then the professionals here at South Nashville Heating & Cooling are the team for you. Simply give a shout out to our staff to schedule your appointment and our friendly technicians will be there in a flash to take care of your every need. With the holidays right around the corner, we wish to send along wishes from our family to yours for not only a warm and comfortable winter but also a safe, warm and happy holiday season ahead!!