Do you cringe when looking at your heating bills? You think, “I’m paying HOW much?!” It’s a common problem for homeowners around the Kansas City area during fall and winter.
But lowering your heating bills is easy. And it does not take much time either. Don’t worry. We’re not going to ask you to not use your furnace. (Unless you’re an eskimo and you can handle that kind of thing.)
Here are 5 simple ways to lower your heating bills—each taking about minute to do.
1) Turn down your thermostat when you’re asleep or away
Like we said, you don’t need to turn your thermostat way down to save money. But you do need to be smart with how you heat your home. For instance, do you really need your furnace to run as much when you’re away from home or when you’re asleep?
According to Energy.gov, “By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.” That’s about $100 you could save this heating season.
2) Open and close your drapes—strategically
Before you go to work, open up your drapes to let the sun in to help heat your home. The more heat, the less your furnace will need to run. When you get home, close the drapes.
The drapes will work as insulation to keep up to 15% of the heat in your home from leaving, according to Energy.gov.
3) Run your ceiling fans in reverse
Surprise! Your ceiling fan isn’t just useful during the summer. Running it in reverse (by clicking on the small switch on its base) the fan will push the rising hot air down the edges of the room.
This allows you to turn down your thermostat 4 degree or so, saving you money.
4) Change the furnace’s filter when dirty
Imagine trying to breathe with a blanket over your head. That would tire you out and make you use more energy to breathe, right? That’s what it’s like when you leave a dirty air filter in your furnace. A dirty filter impedes airflow into your furnace, causing to run longer than it needs to to heat your home. This not only leaves you chilly, but it increases your heating bills.
So, keep a few filters on hand. Change your furnace’s filter when it’s dirty. You’ll probably need to change it once a month. If you’ve got pets, you really need to keep on top of this since hair will quickly collect in the filter.
5) Call for a furnace tune-up
Want a way to keep your furnace running efficiently to keep energy bills down? Keep it in tip top shape. Your furnace needs an annual tune-up to maintain its efficiency and eliminate the chances of a costly breakdown.
Without annual maintenance, your furnace can run into all sorts of problems. For instance ENERGY STAR states that “A [furnace’s] dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently.” Professional maintenance can help nip these problems in the bud.
If your furnace has not been tuned up this fall, give us a call at 913-856-5801 or contact us online.
Santa Fe Air Conditioning and Heating serves the Kansas City area.