Have you been trying to figure out how you can lower your energy bill during the winter season? If so, read on for some tips.
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As you probably already know, winter time is when energy bills can get pretty expensive, but following these eight simple tips will help you cut some of the cost:
1. Switch out your furnace filter. This is something many of us forget to do as often as we should. Taking the time to complete this easy assignment won't only make a huge difference in your heating bills, but it will also positively affect efficiency and life span of your furnace.
2. Check to make sure your cold air returns aren’t blocked. You'll also want to make sure your high-low vents (if you have them) are in the correct orientation. In the winter months, cold air should be entering through the lower of the two vents, while the reverse is true in the summer.
3. Have a professional inspect your furnace. It's recommended to get this done at least once per year considering that deferred maintenance is the most common cause of furnace issues or the need for replacement. A cracked heat exchanger could also cause CO2 to leak into your home so it's important to stay on top of this.
4. Run your ceiling fans backwards. Because heat naturally rises, you should set your fans to run in reverse and pull cold air upward.
Deferred maintenance is the most common cause of furnace issues.
5. Run a humidifier. Using a humidifier will not only keep your skin from drying out, but it will also make your home stay warmer.
6. Purchase a smart thermostat or programmable thermostat. This keeps the heat in your home regulated and your bills more consistent.
7. Clean out heating ducts. Having a professional clean your ducts will improve the efficiency of your furnace and can also prevent very costly fires.
8. Order an energy audit. Though this may be t he most expensive tip, it will probably end up saving you the most money in the long run. Essentially, the process involves pressurizing your home in order to detect any air leaks around doors, windows, or ductwork.
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