How Can I Lower My Electric Bill During the Winter?
It seems to happen every single winter. Once the temperature goes down, the electric bill always seems to go up. The HVAC system is used more, increasing the cost. While you want to stay warm, here are a number of ways to keep the electric bill down by being resourceful.
Get Regular Maintenance on Your HVAC System
Your heater requires regular maintenance. In fact, you should have an HVAC professional come to your home for maintenance annually before every winter. You can also do basic maintenance yourself by changing or cleaning the filter regularly. Ask the professional to show you how to do this if you have questions.
Set the Temperature a Couple of Degrees Lower Than Normal
When you set the temperature of your home, your heater works to adjust the temperature any time it gets colder. The warmer you keep your home in the winter, the harder the heater will have to work, causing you to use more electricity. Make your home just a couple of degrees colder, and you will notice a serious difference.
You should also set the temperature significantly lower for when you will be at work and no one will be home. Of course, be careful not to keep the temperature so cold that it can freeze the pipes.
Improve Home Insulation
Your home is supposed to keep the warm air inside and cold air out. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. If you have old doors or windows, an old roof, or holes in your home, it can allow the cold air to come inside. That means that your heater will need to work harder. Create a long-term solution by improving insulation in your home. Ask a professional to examine the largest problem areas and fix those items first. Soon, you will notice a significant decrease in your utility bills.
You may think that winter just naturally comes with higher electricity bills, but that doesn't necessarily need to be the case. Follow these tips and talk to the HVAC professional at Master Mechanical to find even more ways to stay warm while keeping the bills down.