Comfort Bear, here. Earlier today, I did an internet search for “how to save money on heating,” and I decided I would try out some of the energy-saving tactics. As I type this, I’m now wearing five layers of clothes, three pairs of socks, I’m only eating hot soup (and washing it down with hot tea), and I have the oven open. I’ve also lit several candles because each one is supposed to heat the room by approximately 1 degree.
But I don’t see how anyone can live this way! There are much more reasonable ways to cut down on heating costs, and you can achieve them with just a few Independence, MO HVAC services.
1. Use a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
Many will program their thermostat with the “set it and forget it” method. In other words, they set the temperature to a number that seems reasonable and then let it run. If it gets too hot, they turn it down. If it gets too cold, they turn it up. So when it’s time to save energy, the natural thing to do is to just “use it less than normal.”
Unfortunately, that’s a lot of guesswork, so it becomes difficult to monitor your energy saving efforts. That’s where a programmable or smart thermostat can help.
By setting up a program, you can set a standard for heating usage and monitor your usage from there. If one month’s bill is particularly high, you’ll know it’s because you deviated too much from your schedule. With a smart thermostat, you can be even more precise by monitoring daily usage.
2. Install a Whole-House Humidifier
This isn’t something you’d expect to see on this list, but allow me to explain:
When there’s moisture in the air, your body will feel warmer than it actually is. This is why high-humidity days in the summer feel so uncomfortable.
In the winter, the air is typically far less humid. By balancing the humidity with a whole-house humidifier, you can bring some of that moisture back in the air and warm your body up just enough to feel more comfortable—without having to crank up the thermostat.
3. Change the Air Filter Regularly
The air filter is necessary to keep dirt out of the heater, but it will become clogged over time. When it does, the airflow to the heater will be restricted, resulting in your heater having to use more energy. On an hourly basis, that increase may not look like much, but over the course of days and weeks, you can expect it to add up.
4. Keep Up With Maintenance
I also can’t end this post without mentioning the importance of regular maintenance. The main goal of maintenance is to keep your system running smoothly and to prevent any serious repair issues. However, it’s possible for repair issues to persist without showing any obvious symptoms. This can lead you to believe your heater is performing just fine when, in reality, it could desperately use a tune-up. As a result, getting that tune-up can help significantly improve performance and lower the heating bill.
For more HVAC-contractor-approved efficiency tips, contact Climate Control Heating & Cooling. Comfort and Care From the Team With the Bear.