Lower Your Heating Bill with These Tips from Hemphill Services
We’re right in the middle of it. January. Winter. The coldest days of the year. If your house is like mine, the heat seems to be running constantly. And then you get the bill. We at Hemphill Services want to make sure our customers are staying warm this winter – and without paying a fortune. Here are some ways to reduce your heating bill this winter:
Curtains and Window Coverings
Keep south-facing window coverings open during the day. Use thicker blinds or curtains in the winter, or double up using both a window blind and curtains to keep the cold out. Window coverings will reduce the amount your furnace has to run.
Even when doors and windows are closed, they might not be pressed tight against the weatherstripping if they’re not locked, which allows cold outside air to infiltrate the home.
Check the ductwork in your attic or basement for any gaps or tears. According to Energy Star, the typical home loses about 20 – 30 percent of the air that moves through the system to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. Often ductwork can be easily repaired with a mastic sealant or metal tape.
When your fireplace isn’t being used, ensure the chimney flue is closed. You may want to consider an easy solution is to block the airflow – an inflatable chimney balloon.
Plug and fill holes in exterior walls – pipes, gas lines, and electrical cables often have gaps around them. You can seal most gaps with expanding foam from your local hardware store. You can also use foam weather stripping for your doors and windows.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat, you can save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Consider setting the thermostat back to 55 degrees when leaving home for an extended time.
Upgrade your thermostat. Savings from upgrading to a programmable thermostat are well-documented and can cut your heating bill by 10 percent or more. Programmable thermostats are no longer the expensive option, with models starting under $25.
Maintain your furnace
Replace furnace filters as recommended. Dirty filters restrict airflow and result in increased energy use. Be sure and “tune-up” your furnace so it is running at top performance. Keep your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted to reduce energy use, and increase your savings up to 5 percent.
Stay warm this winter and contact Hemphill Services with all of your Birmingham area heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.