What can I do during winter months to lower my energy bills?

Heating

Whether you like winter or favor the warmer months in Lake Charles, many of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us content. This can have a large impact on your utility costs, but there are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs.

  • Assess the weather stripping – Over time, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to pinpoint any drafts that should be addressed.
  • Utilize your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be useful in keeping your space warm. Keep them open when the sun is shining during the day, and make sure to close them at night, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter regularly to see if it should be switched out. We advocate at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats may seem like just a convenient way to make sure your home keeps warm, but programmable thermostats can also save you money! You can arrange temperatures to be on a lower setting when you are away from the home or sleeping. It’s just one way to be more efficient and help with energy costs.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Take a look and see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a powerful tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Call for routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs a little attention, too. Hiring experts to clean and maintain your system will give you piece of mind that your system is working effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if ignored.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—regardless your efforts to increase efficiency—it might be time to consider a replacement heating system. An expert at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help you examine the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the choices for newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps decrease the amount of money you are putting toward your energy costs, but many of them can help your heating system work more efficiently. More efficient energy use also improves the health of your equipment, which means your system will last longer.

If you are considering routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide more tips on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Lake Charles a call to begin. Contact our team at 337-335-0992 or book an appointment with us online.

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