Next to the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, heating bills are one of the worst parts of winter in Cincinnati! When furnaces and heating systems turn up the heat, they turn up the cost of your monthly utility bills, too.
This winter, take comfort in knowing your Cincinnati home’s heating system will keep you warm without draining your bank account. Use these energy-saving HVAC tips to cut your heating expenses from now until spring.
- Heating system maintenance is a must
You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again – have your furnace or heat pump professionally maintained this season! If your system hasn’t been tuned-up yet, we promise it’s not too late! It’s better to have your heating system maintained mid-season than not at all.
How does a tune-up save you money? Furnaces that are not maintained each year can lose approximately 5% efficiency annually – the less efficient they are, the more energy they consume, costing you more. Tune-ups work to prevent efficiency loss and help your system operate without wasting energy. Plus, a tune-up will help prevent breakdowns throughout the season, which can be costly.
- Don’t forget to change your furnace filter
Clogged furnace filters cause poor indoor air quality, and they limit airflow through your heating system. Without proper airflow, the system overworks to move heat to your living areas – this consumes more energy, increasing your bills. Check your furnace filter each month and change it as necessary.
- Set your thermostat lower
You don’t have to freeze yourself out of the house, but by keeping your thermostat settings lower, you’ll generate savings. During the daytime, keep your home around 68 degrees for maximized efficiency. When you’re gone or sleeping, set back the thermostat by 10 or more degrees. You can save 1 percent on your heating bills for every degree you set back your thermostat for periods of 8 hours of more – a 10-degree setback while you’re at work each day can cut your heating costs by 10%!
Nelson Comfort will get your home and heating system ready to save this winter. From furnace maintenance to heating system repairs, and the installation of new heating equipment, our NATE-certified technicians want to help you lower your energy costs this season – call us today to discuss your heating needs.