There are many ways you can prepare for the winter in terms of saving energy, however, it is important to find ways to continue to save energy and lower your monthly heating bill throughout the winter season. Winter lasts longer than most people expect and it is important to have plans in place to upkeep your systems and make sure everything is in check so you and your family are not stuck in the middle of the night freezing because of an HVAC issue. If you are having problems with your heating system at any time, contact Heatmasters and one of our 24/7 comfort consultants will assist you immediately.
Steps to Take to Cut Natural Gas and Propane Use
First, lower your thermostat to 68 degrees. Between 60 and 70 degrees, every degree you lower your heat you will save up to 5 percent on your heating costs. Throw on another layer before you go to bed and lower the temperature at night. Also, if you lower your heat when you are leaving home for an extended holiday vacation save 5-20 percent on your heating bill. This is a quick fix that may not sound appealing, but after you put on a sweater you may change your mind and it will not feel so bad.
Maintain your heating system, clean out furnace filters as often as necessary. Dirty furnace filters result in decreased airflow, which leads to an increase in energy use. Also, during the winter is the time to call Heatmasters and have one of our professional, expert comfort consultants come and tune-up your heating system to make sure everything is still properly working as the winter goes on. This will save up to 5 percent of your heating overall costs.
Similar to the first step, go to your hot water heater and lower the temperature to the normal setting of about 120 degrees. This will save you between 7 to 11 percent of your water heating bill. The temperature of your shower will not drastically change and you will still be able to step into a warm shower after a long day with this hot water heater temperature change.
Lastly, inspect around your windows or doors, places you have pipes, vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor for leaks. You walk to make sure there are no leaks, seal any that you find with caulk, which works best on small holes or gaps. With everything sealed you will keep the heat in and the cold out and less stress will be on your heating system with no cold air blowing throughout your home.
Heatmasters wants you to be comfortable in your home, even when the temperature during the frigid Chicago winter is not. Contact us today for repair, installation or other HVAC needs. Your heating system is key and we are able to make sure everything’s running smoothly. We are here to help you not only survive this winter, but thrive in the warmth of your home.