If your household is on a tight budget, then a pricey energy bill can send things into a bit of chaos. The best way to avoid this is to prevent the situations that would cause your energy bills to skyrocket.
It can be tough to minimize your energy use in a busy household. By using these best practices when running your heater, you may be able to keep your energy bills manageable, especially if everyone is on the same page.
If you can, it is a good idea to learn about and adopt some of the following best practices. If everyone in the house remembers these tactics, you can save quite a bit of energy without undermining your comfort.
There are times when it can feel nice to get a cross-breeze flowing through your house. However, when the heater is running is not the time to leave a door or window cracked for some air. Doing so lets the warm air out of your house which forces your heater to work harder and for a longer amount of time. Instead, keep those doors and windows closed. You may even want to see if you’d benefit from adding weatherstripping or caulk around a door or window to address air leaks.
When the sun is hitting your windows, open the blinds or curtains. This will allow the light and the radiant heat that it carries into your home. When you use this natural warmth, it can actually raise the temperature in the house and reduce the amount of work that your heater needs to do. What’s more, letting in all that natural light makes it easy to keep the lights in the house off, saving you even more on electricity.
The filter that sits in your HVAC return air duct is highly important. Its job is to keep dust and debris out of your heater (and out of your AC in the summer). Make sure to check this filter regularly and change it every 1-3 months as needed. This keeps the airflow into your system strong and improves the system’s efficiency.
This is an often underestimated but highly important heating service in New Albany, OH and beyond. Maintenance that is done once a year allows a professional technician to address any small inefficiencies in your system before they really start to cost you. This can include cleaning out dust, tightening loose parts, or lubricating dry parts. These small tasks prevent small issues from escalating and hindering your heater, preventing up to a 5% loss of efficiency each year.
It can also be helpful to keep everyone in warm clothes to make it easier to keep the thermostat at a reasonable setting. While these best practices may seem small, they can have a big impact on your comfort and your system’s efficiency in the long run.
The service guys in the purple trucks can help with improving your heater’s effectiveness and efficiency. Contact Paramount Heating & Air for your heater services.