It seems like a Texas tradition. That long, hot summer lasts up to Halloween…and then it gets cold! Sure, we’ll have some warm days here and there, but in all likelihood, the cooler weather is here to stay. Is your heater up for the challenge? In this post, we’ll share a few ways you can SAVE money by making sure you are heating and running your system efficiently!
HOME SWEET HOME
When you’re cozying up at home, it’s important that you be as comfortable as possible. But what about when you’re not at home? Save money by turning the heater off (or way down) while you’re away. If it’s working properly, it should heat up quickly when you turn it on. Even better: consider a smart thermostat that can start the heating process so it’s nice and toasty when you arrive. Pro tip: When the temp stays below freezing for more than 24 hours, be sure to leave the heat on just a bit to prevent your pipes from freezing.
Feeling toasty is nice, but just like you’d likely keep your home warmer in the summer, it makes sense to keep it a little cooler during the winter. Stay comfortable, but consider the cost of keeping the temperature inside your home vastly different from the outside temperature. The common rule of thumb used to be 68 in the winter and 72 in the summer, but adjust it based on your personal comfort needs.
SEAL THE DEAL
Small cracks in windows or doorways are places where cold air gets in and warm air gets out. Just like leaving a door open, this causes your HVAC unit to need to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Having all your doors and windows thoroughly sealed could save you up to 25% on your monthly heating bills! You can use weather stripping for doors and windows and caulking for the cracks to lock in the temperature!
NOT A FAN
Exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom should only be used as needed during the winter. That’s because the fans are actually moving that already-conditioned air out of your house – forcing you to reheat that air, using more electricity and costing more money. These fans can still be used to rid your home of odors or gasses, but be mindful to switch them off quickly.
WORTH THE CALL. ALWAYS.
If you’re having issues with your heater, you should call a certified HVAC technician right away! The Bosworth Company in Kerrville can quickly and accurately evaluate your system and give you a fair estimate right away. We also have a variety of smart thermostat models that can come in handy when you’re looking for efficiency. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (830) 428-2764. It’s Worth the Call. Always.