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7 Tips to Save on Your Heating Bills

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Heating and cooling your Texas home accounts for about 50 percent of your total annual utility bill. If you're looking for ways to save on heating, look no further than these 7 surefire tips that will lower your heating bills this winter without sacrificing your comfort.

  1. Schedule preventive maintenance. Your annual tune-up will go a long way toward increasing your system's efficiency to lower your heating bills, keep you more comfortable and prevent mid-winter breakdowns.
  2. Replace your air filter when it's dirty. A dirty air filter prevents air from flowing optimally to your system and makes it work harder to compensate. Check your filter every month. When it's clogged with dust, replace it with a clean one.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat. You can save a considerable amount of money on your heating costs by programming a thermostat at lower settings while you're sleeping and while you're away from home. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you'll save up to 3 percent on your heating bill.
  4. Seal air leaks. Cold air infiltrates your home and warm air escapes through leaky doors, windows and service entrances, making your system work overtime to replace the lost air. Seal with caulk and weatherstripping to keep warm air in and cold air out.
  5. Use your ceiling fans. Warm air rises, and if you reverse the direction of your ceiling fans and keep them on the lowest setting, they will redistribute warm air throughout your rooms, allowing you to turn down the thermostat without sacrificing warmth.
  6. Seal and insulate your ductwork. Leaky ducts can add up to a 40 percent loss of conditioned air. Seal loose duct joints with metal tape or mastic duct sealant. Insulate ductwork that runs though unconditioned areas, such as your attic or crawlspace.
  7. Shore up your attic insulation. To prevent your heat--and your heating dollars--from escaping through the roof, make sure you have 11 to 14 inches of R-38 insulation in your attic.

For more expert advice about how you can save on heating, please feel free to contact us to find a Texas contractor near you.

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