During the winter months, your heating costs are a huge portion of the energy costs in your home. Of course, heating in your home is an absolute necessity, so going without it for a few days to help you save money isn’t an option. Often, making sure you have sufficient heating is a matter of safety for you and your family. Fortunately, there are simple ways to make sure your Hudson Valley heating system is running efficiently, and to significantly reduce your heating costs. Some will only take a couple minutes, but even small changes can bring you big savings.
Clean Your Filters
Making sure that your heating unit’s filters are regularly cleaned will mean that your heating system won’t have to work as hard to heat your home. Any clogged filters will make it more difficult for your heater to distribute the air to various parts of your home. So it will spend more energy, and be less effective at heating.
Check Your Ducts
Leaks, gaps, and disconnects in your duct-work can cause huge problems. If ducts aren’t properly sealed, you could be spending 25% more on your heating costs than you need to. Sometimes you may be able to reach and repair the ducts on your own, but if not, call our Hudson Valley heating repair specialists. You may also need a professional to find exactly where the problems in your duct-work are.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Turning your heat down just five or six degrees can be barely noticeable to you, but it will save you a surprising amount of money in the long-run.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, installing one can end up saving you a lot. You’ll be able to set the thermostat to stop heating your home while you’re gone, then have it perfectly heated by the time you return. You can also set the temperature to be lower while you’re sleeping, and back up in the morning with you. Programmable thermostats are relatively inexpensive, and you can probably install one on your own. Of course, our professional Hudson Valley heating repair specialists are available to help.
Let Some Light In
Opening your blinds during the day and letting the sun heat up your home can also help you save a lot. Direct sunlight can raise the temperature of your home significantly, so don’t be afraid to let it in. It won’t just save you on your heat either—natural light is 100% cheaper than electric light!
Get the Flue
If there’s a fireplace in your home, make sure the flue is sealed when it’s not in use. If your chimney is open, a lot of the heat in your home could be escaping out of the flue, which means you’re wasting money.
Tune-Ups and Inspections
Make sure a professional Hudson Valley heating specialist gives your heating unit a tune-up and inspection at least once a year. This will ensure that your machine is running as efficiently as possible, and we’ll find and repair any problems that could lower your energy efficiency, or cause bigger problems to occur down the line.