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10 Ways To Reduce Heating Costs

The experts at Horizon Services have assembled 10 ways to reduce the cost to heat your home by increasing system efficiency, programming your thermostat properly, and regularly maintaining your system with preventative care.

1. Upgrade To A High-Efficiency Heating System

Replacing your old, inefficient heating system for a high-efficiency one can cut electricity bills by up to 25%. It is important to get a detailed analysis of your home and current system before purchasing a replacement. Not all homes are created equally and your new system should be personalized to match the exact needs of your home. You want to avoid paying for a system that is too large or too small for your needs. If your new equipment is not properly sized, it may need to overwork to keep your comfortable. This may cause premature failure, inflated energy bills, or inefficient operation.

2. Keep Up With Preventative Maintenance

If you don’t already have a proactive maintenance program for your HVAC system, it’s a good idea to schedule semi-annual service with a qualified HVAC service company like Horizon Services.

Professional HVAC contractors will make sure that your system is operating at its most efficient settings and that the proper parts or components are in good working order. A system tune-up will also catch small problems before the can become large, expensive issues.

3. Change Your Air Filters Regularly

Changing your HVAC system’s air filters once a month, or as directed by the furnace or filter manufacturer, helps ensure that your system has smooth, uninterrupted air flow.

New filters can help your system work more efficiently, saving you money in the process. For example, routinely replacing filters in your home’s heating system can account for energy consumption savings of 5 to 15 percent.

4. Invest In A Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat can go a long way toward reducing energy usage when you are not at home. Setting up a proper comfort schedule will allow your system to work only when you need it to. A programmable thermostat will adjust the temperature automatically based on your preferences and you can reduce the amount of money you spend heating an empty home when you forget to turn of the system.

5. Adjust The Temperature

It is important to discover and adjust your thermostat to the coolest temperate you find comfortable in the winter. A few degrees warmer or colder may not feel like a huge difference, but the energy savings can be substantial.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing your home’s temperature 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours at a time during the heating season can save you 5 to 15 percent in heating bills each year.

6. Seal Window And Door Drafts

Ensure your home is properly weather sealed and that you take the necessary steps to stop the escape of warm air through windows, doors, and other areas that may contribute to air leak. Air leak can rob your heating system of efficiency since the air it works so hard to heat is lost. Make sure your home is properly weather sealed so your system does not have to overwork itself to achieve your optimal comfort level.

7. Invest In Insulation

Particularly in older homes, inadequate insulation is another factor that can lead to losing heated air from your HVAC system. If you’re unsure about your home’s insulation levels, consult with an energy auditor or insulation professional for guidance.

8. Keep Return Air Vents Object Free

Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like clothing, blinds, carpets, or furniture so your heater can operate efficiently. Unobstructed vents will help ensure that heated air is distributed evenly throughout your home.

9. Avoid Excessive Use of Exhaust Fans

Excessive use of bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans will make your HVAC system work harder. Ultimately, this will increase energy consumption and elevate costs. It is essential to keep costs in check by making proper use of exhaust fans.

10. Invest in Window Treatments to Help Control Temperatures

Window coverings can have a big effect on your home’s heating load. In cooler months, harness the sun’s free warmth by keeping curtains, blinds, or drapes open on all south-facing windows during the day to allow the sunlight in. At night, close the window coverings to add an extra layer of insulation between the glass and your home interior.

Contact Horizon Services

If you are ready to install or replace a heating system our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists can help. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.

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(11) Comments

  1. Dave Thompson February 12th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Keeping up with the maintenance of your heater is important to your home care. This is a great list of small things to do to maintain your heater. Is it better to repair a broken heater unit or to buy a new one entirely?

    Horizon Services Note:

    If you’re having a tough time deciding whether or not to replace your heater or air conditioner, use these five simple rules:

    1. If your system is 12 years old or appears to be in poor running condition, replace it.
    2. If it is costing you a lot maintain and is in need of constant repair, replace it.
    3. If you have noticed a significant increase over the past year in the cost to heat and cool your home, replace it.
    4. If your heating or air conditioning system does not keep you as comfortable as it used to, replace it.
    5. If frequent breakdowns are causing you to take additional and unnecessary time off from work, replace it.

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  2. Delores Lyon March 18th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! It is good to know that there are a lot of things you can do to keep your energy bill lower. It would be awesome if I could get a programmable thermostat. Having something to automatically make temperatures less extreme would be really nice!

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  3. Kristen Dockery March 19th, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for the tips about saving on your HVAC bill monthly. I think these were all great tips and I can’t wait to implement them and see how they work out for me. I like the one about changing the filters regularly because I always forget to do that so I know that I need to keep that in mind and do it regularly to keep my bill down. Hopefully these tips will work and I can start saving money!

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  4. Angela Downer March 27th, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you so much for the tips! My energy bill has been going up and up, and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. I haven’t changed my filters in ages, and the windows and doors in my house are so old and aren’t properly sealed. I had no idea this made such a difference in the heating and cooling bills. I’ll have to make sure I upgrade my house in order to lower my bills, and keep some money in my wallet.

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  5. Stephan Bashkir March 28th, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Preventative maintenance is vital to keep HVAC systems running at full capacity. It’s possible to do some of this yourself using manuals and tutorials you’ll find online. That being said, this doesn’t provide the same peace of mind that hiring a professional to check your system can give you.

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  6. Jenn Davies April 7th, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Insulation is so important. People tend to think about it more during the colder months, but it’s just as important in the summer. Good insulation can really cut down on heating and cooling bills, especially over time.

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  7. Sean April 27th, 2015 at 10:11 am

    It is crazy to hear that reducing your temperature by only 10-15 degrees in the winter time can save you up to 15 percent on your heating bill. I think this knowledge leads me to believe that a programmable thermostat would be a really good investment for me. If I could drop the temperatures while I am gone during the day and then start re-heating the house about an hour before I got home, I think I could save a lot of money.

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  8. Rodney Winerson June 17th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Your ten tips on how to cut costs on heating bill are all awesome. My favorite has to be the tip to change your air filters out regularly. That way your furnace can run at 100%, and not have to work harder to do the same work with a dirty filter. Thanks for all the great tips.

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  9. Jessie Harrison March 17th, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    My heater hasn’t been working. I’m thinking that I’ll go through all these tips with my heater, then after hopefully it will work. One thing I would still like to know though is do you really need to change the air filter once a month? I wonder if that’s what’s causing my heater to act up. Maybe I will need a professional to take a look.

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  10. Sarah Smith June 14th, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    My heating unit broke about a month ago and I’m trying to find someone to repair it. Thanks for the advice about investing in a programmable thermostat so that you can save energy when you aren’t home. I’ll have to make sure to do that now while I don’t have to worry about heating my home.

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  11. Dan October 19th, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Please be careful if you try to clean/repair your HVAC system by yourself, if you have any doubt, don’t hesitate to call your technician.

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