Keeping your home warm and cozy doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. Even though winters in Chicago can be brutal, there are simple measures you can take to help lower your monthly energy bill. Plus, saving more money during the cold season can help you do more fun things when the temps rise.
Our goal is to help you get the most out of your heater. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips and tricks you can use so you can get the most out of your heater this season– all while keeping the bill at a reasonable price.
However, if you’re still seeing high energy bills after implementing the tips below, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. Let’s dive in.
4 Tips for Boosting Your Heating Efficiency This Season
Heating and cooling are some of the biggest energy consumers in your house. Try implementing the following 4 tips below to help mitigate high costs.
Don’t Get Crazy With the Thermostat
Yes, when it’s freezing, your instincts might tell you to crank up that thermostat as high as it can go. But that’s not the route you should take. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the optimal setting is around 68°F (+/- 2°F depending on personal preference) for the best heater efficiency.
However, differences in the 5-10°F can create major swings in your energy bill. So when you’re sleeping at night under the blankets, then you can set it lower to help chip off those monthly costs.
Make Use of Other Heat Sources
Another trick is taking advantage of other sources of heat during the cold season. For instance, if someone is preparing lunch or dinner, then spend some time in the kitchen for the extra warmth.
Also, you can wear warmer clothes (i.e sweaters, socks) or use blankets and your body heat will do the job. Plus, if there are multiple people in your house, hang out together and that will help as well.
And the best heater is the sun itself. Rooms with lots of sunlight will be significantly warmer than those that don’t.
Use a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
If you’re using an old-school, outdated digital thermostat, then it might be time for an upgrade. With programmable thermostats, you have more control over your thermostat schedule. You can set it for different times of the day so it fits better with your lifestyle.
For instance, you can have a set to turn off while you and the kids are at work and school. And then kick on shortly before you guys get home.
Take Care of Issues with the Heater ASAP
Finally, there’s the general upkeep of your furnace. Don’t let small problems turn into big ones. If you notice any strange smells, noises, or it’s kicking on and off irregularly, then it might be time to call in a technician to service your heater.
If it’s malfunctioning or overworking, then it will drive up your energy. Don’t neglect your heater, and it can save you tons of money– both in its efficiency and future repairs.