When the weather turns colder, it’s natural to start thinking about how to save on heating costs. Home heating accounts for approximately 60% of the energy used in the average Canadian home, so even minor improvements could significantly impact your heating bill1.
If your home heating bills are increasing, here are a few tips that could help.
Switch to a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats can learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to the most efficient, energy-saving settings based on your historical usage patterns and lifestyle. Most smart thermostats can be controlled through apps that let you review your energy usage and get personalized recommendations on how to help save energy. Visit our Smart Thermostats Learning Resource page to learn more.
Maintain Your Furnace
Your furnace will run better when it’s properly maintained. Be sure to have it serviced annually and keep air filters free from dust and build-up. Typically it’s recommended to check your furnace filters regularly. Learn how to change your furnace filter here.
Keep Warm Air Moving
Warm air rises, so the air near the ceiling is generally warmer than the air near the floor. Try operating ceiling fans clockwise to help push this warm air back where you need it.
Up to 25% of your home’s heat loss can happen through windows and doors2. Try opening blinds and drapes on windows with the sun on them to take advantage of solar heat gains, but keep blinds closed when there is no sun to help insulate your home.
Improve Your Insulation
Properly insulating exterior walls and your attic and sealing around doors and windows help to keep cold air out and warm air in. Keep in mind that this is a pretty big undertaking, so consider adding it to a list of home improvements you do during a renovation.
Upgrade Your Furnace
If your furnace is in poor condition or you’re due for an upgrade, consider replacing it with a high-efficiency model with an ENERGY STAR® rating. Consult with a trusted HVAC advisor to be sure that you’re getting the right furnace at the right size for your home. Read our Ultimate Furnace Guide to learn everything you need to know.
If you need help with your heating needs or want to learn more about making your home more energy efficient, Call on Reliance®.