Ways to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth in heating this winter
Hello, everyone! Welcome back to our blog! Ken’s Heating & Air Conditioning is an HVAC company that services the lovely area of Batavia. We’ve been in the business for quite some time and have come across quite a few skills and abilities related to HVAC that we’d love to share with you. Our heating and air units run in the periphery, so it’s easy to forget about them until a) they’re broken or b) they’re running up your utilities bill. Because winter is going to be here sooner than you know it, we thought we’d use this space to discuss some of the ways you can spare your utilities bill that might be run up by your heating systems.
If the filter in your furnace is dirty and hasn’t been replaced in a while, the energy expenditure caused from heating your house might be much higher than it should be. Having the filters in your furnace replaced regularly can increase efficiency levels, as your heater won’t need to use as much energy to run if the filter isn’t extremely dirty. If you sign up for a maintenance agreement with Ken’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ll inspect your heating systems in the fall and can offer a suggestion of whether or not the filter needs to be changed.
Make sure your home is insulated
If your home isn’t insulated enough for the area that you’re in, then your home is likely going to require extra energy to heat it. Making sure that your home is properly insulated can help reduce the cost of energy as insulation both keeps warm air in and keeps cold air out. If your home retains the heat, then it won’t require as constant of heating as would a non-insulated home. Depending on the zoning of your home and the region that it’s located in, the amount of insulation needed varies. The U.S. Department of Energy has a helpful web page on insulation that can help you determine what your home needs to stay warm.
Adjust the thermostat
It’s easy to leave your thermostat at a certain temperature and forget about it for the rest of the winter. However, this isn’t helping your system and it most certainly isn’t helping your heating bill. When the days are milder, turn your heating off for the day and keep the windows open. Whenever possible, turn your heat off or turn it down. Not only will it save energy, but it will also reduce the amount of wear and tear put on your heater.
Make sure to schedule regular maintenance
If your furnace isn’t working correctly, then it could be sucking up a lot of extra energy when it heats your home. Having your heating units serviced at least annually can not only help to reduce overall energy expenditure, but will also save you the trouble of a broken-beyond-repair heating unit in the future. Trust us, it’s much easier to maintain your HVAC units now than to deal with future issues.
Update your unit
If your furnace is particularly old, it might be time to consider an upgrade. Older units usually use more energy to work and, on top of that, they’re more prone to breaking down. While the initial cost of a new furnace might seem substantial, it’s an investment that will save you quite a hefty sum in the long run. Modern day furnaces and heating units are built with efficiency and environmental friendliness in mind, so they’re going to use substantially less energy to heat your home.
On sunny days, make an effort to open up the blinds and curtains in your home. The heat from the sunlight will go a long way in warming up the house without you having to crank up the thermostat. Additionally, a little bit of sunlight during an Ohio winter is far from a bad thing.
Ken’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers service agreements where we’ll inspect your HVAC systems regularly and offer solutions to keep your units running smoothly and efficiently. If you’re in need of repairs, replacements, or new installations, don’t hesitate to contact Ken’s Heating & Air Conditioning ASAP! We’ll be happy to help you out.