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Reduce Heating Costs for Your West Texas Home With These Quick Jobs

Friday, November 14, 2014

The cooler months are an excellent time to reduce heating costs in your west Texas home. These same steps also make it easier to cool when the warmer months return. Here are four tasks to tackle before the cooler temps descend:

Turning the Temperature Down

The simplest way to cut heating bills is to lower the temperature indoors, especially when you're not at home. A programmable thermostat simplifies the job by remembering your temperature preferences based on the time of day. In lieu of a new thermostat, make it a habit to turn the heat down at night and when you leave home for the day.

Checking the Water Heater

Drain a few quarts from the water heater several times a year to improve its performance. Hard water like ours leaves sediments at the bottom of the tank that retard the heating process, driving up heating bills. After flushing some water out, turn the temperature down to 120 degrees. Not only will you cut the amount of energy the water heater uses, you'll also prolong its life span.

Adding Insulation

Heat constantly moves to cooler temperatures and you can slow the transfer by making sure you have enough attic insulation. Not only will you reduce heating costs, you'll also cut cooling bills. Insulation is affordable, durable and relatively easy to install. Ideally, you should have at least 10 inches in the attic, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Sealing the Leaks

No matter how well your home is insulated or how low you keep the thermostat, you'll have higher heating costs if your home has air leaks. The most common places where air enters or leaves your home include around exterior door and window frames, entry points for pipes, wires and cables, and fireplaces. Most points of air infiltration can be sealed with exterior caulk, weatherstripping or expanding foam. Select the products based on their tolerance for heat contact.

You can also reduce heating costs by having your home's heating system serviced each year. The experts at Texas Air Comfort can help you find a top-notch HVAC contractor near you. 

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