Secrets to Saving on Your Heating Bill this Winter
Even though we live in south Florida, we do experience winter weather (these past few weeks, for example). We might be experiencing warmer weather than the majority of the country right now, but it is still colder than recent winters have been—meaning homeowners are turning on their heating systems, particularly at night as the temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s. And doing so when you have been simply turning the AC off (instead of switching to Heating Mode) in previous years affects your bottom line.
Lesser-known Secrets for Saving Money
Is your thermostat installed on an interior wall always from windows and entryways? The thermostat is the mechanism that actually records the temperature of your home and determines when the system should cycle on and off. This means that if it’s installed near a window and receiving direct sunlight, it may be recording the temperature as warmer than it actually is. Inaccurate readings cause your home to heat and cool improperly—and ultimately lead to a great waste of energy and your hard-earned money.
Weatherize your home—even in south Florida! For northerners, weatherizing a home entails a bit more effort than down here, but it’s just as important that it be done here along the Treasure Coast if you’re looking to save money this winter on your energy bills. According to the Department of Energy, you can save almost 30% of costs associated with heating your home by simply ensuring all windows, exterior doors, and ductwork is properly sealed and caulked. A drafty home costs a great bit more to heat (and cool) than a well-sealed one.
Set the thermostat low (even when you are home). For greatest comfort while saving money, the generally accepted temperature is 68°F (or lower). Some studies have shown that for every degree you set it above 68°F, your bill can increase as much as 4%, which is nothing to sneeze at. Break out your favorite cozy sweater and thick socks—basically, dress for the season, even indoors. Also, if you find that you have a hard time remembering to lower the temperature in the morning before you leave for the day, consider investing in a programmable thermostat or even smart model that you can control with your smartphone or tablet.
There’s a variety of things homeowners can do to save money on their monthly energy bills, and keeping their system running in tip-top shape is one of them. If you think you’re paying too much this winter on your energy bills, contact American Air Cares today for a consultation. We’re not happy until you are.