How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill?
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 small improvements could have a big impact on your heating bill.
If you find that your home heating bills are increasing, here are a few tips that could help.
Switch to a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to the most efficient, energy-saving settings based on your 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.
Maintain Your Furnace
Your furnace will run and heat 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 every 30-60 days.
Keep Warm Air Moving
Warm air rises, so the air near the ceiling in generally warmer than the air near the floor. Try operating ceiling fans clockwise to help push this warm air back to where you need it.
Approximately 10 to 25% of your home’s heat loss is through windows. Try opening blinds and drapes on windows that have sun on them to take advantage of solar heat gains, but keep blinds closed when there is no sun on the windows to help insulate your home.
Improve Your Insulation
Properly insulating exterior walls, your attic and sealing around doors and windows helps 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 STARTM rating. Consult with a trusted HVAC advisor to be sure that you’re getting the right furnace at the right size for your home.
If you need help with your heating needs or want to learn more about making your home more energy efficient, Call on RelianceTM.