One of the constant home expenses is the energy bill. You have a power bill each month, yet this runs higher during the summer and winter months when the HVAC system is more active. Here are some ways to heat your home efficiently and keep the energy bill low.
1. Seal Up Your Home to Heat Your Home Efficiently
Sealing up your house helps when it comes to efficiently heating your home. An airtight house keeps warm air inside the house from escaping. In poorly sealed areas of your home that allow for air leaks, warm air will leave, and cold air will enter.
Make sure that air leaks resulting from gaps in entrances and doors or around plumbing pipes are sealed with weather stripping, caulk, or spray foam insulation.
2. Change Your HVAC Filter
The HVAC unit works hard over the summer and winter months. As a result, the air filter of your system will get dirty or clogged because of all the particulate matter and dust collected from your house.
All HVAC filters need to be changed or cleaned regularly, depending on your manufacturer. Refer to your owners manual and follow the instructions provided to make sure you’re changing your filters at the right time and frequency.
Along with affecting the durability and performance of your HVAC system, a dirty filter also impacts the air you breathe. In most cases, your cooling and heating systems use a single air filter, making it necessary to check and change your filter in both cold and hot seasons.
3. Buy a Programmable Thermostat
There are three typical thermostat types that most people have in their houses; mechanical, smart, and digital. Smart and digital thermostats can be programmed to lower or raise temperatures at predetermined times depending on your schedule. You can automatically change the temperature to be higher when you are at home and lower when you are away and at night.
Smart thermostats can interpret the proper temperature based on previous adjustments and by learning the times that your home has occupants. Moreover, a majority of today’s smart thermostats can be linked to some home automation systems like Wink, Alexa, and Google Home.
Some can even link to your smartphone and determine when you’re at home or coming back depending on the current geographic location. Lowering the temperature of your home by even just a few degrees when no one is home can translate to a lower heating bill.
If you don’t want to incur high energy bills, follow these three measures to heat your home efficiently. You can keep your home comfortable while lowering your monthly utility bills.