Issue 38

How to Keep Your Heating Bill Down

WRITTEN BY: BARRY CROCKER

WITH SUMMER BEHIND US AND THE COLDER WEATHER HERE, MANY WILL BE FIRING UP THEIR FURNACES TO FIGHT OFF THE CHILL. Unfortunately, that means higher bills are on the way. Below are a few tips to help reduce your heating cost while maintaining a comfortably warm home.

1. Maintenance is one of the most important steps towards increasing energy efficiency and therefore reducing your bill. A system that is starved for air due to a dirty filter or evaporator coil performs poorly in both heating and cooling. These conditions can also contribute to very costly damage. In addition, gas pressure that is not set properly, or that has gone out of range due to a failing gas valve, will have an impact. Regular maintenance can also help to detect potential problems and avoid expensive repairs.

2. A programmable thermostat set to 68 degrees while you are home and 56 while away can go a long way to reducing heating cost. However, health or comfort considerations may eliminate this option for some.

3. Attic insulation should be checked and added to if necessary. This can make a significant difference in your ability to maintain a home’s desired temperature.

4. Along with attic insulation weather stripping should be checked and single pane windows upgraded to reduce outside air infiltration.

5. A ceiling fan set to low will help push warmer air down from the ceiling level and distribute it throughout the space.

Hopefully, these tips will help keep you comfortable over the cold Winter months ahead and to keep more of your money in your hands where it belongs. As always, if there are questions regarding your HVAC equipment or if it just doesn’t seem to work the way you want, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Waiting can end up being far more costly in the long-run.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MAINTENANCE, SERVICES, AND MORE, VISIT VALLEY AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING’S WEBSITE AT VALLEYAIRCONDITIONING.COM.

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