Winter means that you’re going to have to keep your home and yourself comfortable during low temperatures. Depending on where you are, those low temperatures could be anywhere from 40-degrees to below zero on the coldest nights.
While you will definitely have to spend some money on central heating this season, you don’t have to fork over your entire savings for the year just to do it. In fact, heating doesn’t have to be the major expense you think of it as.
Use our guide to learn more about reducing monthly heating costs.
Invest in Insulation
A major problem that older homes often have is with the insulation. When a home’s insulation isn’t doing its job, your home is likely too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Even running the central heat and air conditioning may not be enough to warm or cool every room.
To fix that problem, try adding more insulation to areas like the attic. Insulation has come a long way, and bolstering yours or replacing it can make a huge difference in how your house feels.
A programmable thermostat will save you more money than almost any other device. Set it comfortably when you’re at home and program the temperature to drop when you’re at work and asleep.
You’ll save a few dollars per day without a problem.
Service Your Equipment Regularly
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make at the beginning of the winter season is simply turning the heat on. But what else are you supposed to do when it’s cold? The answer is actually pretty simple.
Instead of just turning your heating unit on, what you need to do is have a professional service come and inspect your heater. That’s the safest way to make sure nothing has been damaged in your heating unit over the summer. After all, you likely haven’t turned it on in quite a while.
Another benefit of hiring a professional heating company is that they’ll be able to give your unit a tune-up. Efficiency means lower bills and a more comfortable home for you, so the cost will balance out. You’ll likely even save money.
Schedule regular appointments with your heating team as well. Most companies can even do things like change air conditioner filters Tampa residents need in the summertime too.