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

Whether you like winter or desire the warmer months in Wheeling, many of us make adjustments to be sure our home’s temperature keeps us content. This can have a big impact on your energy bills, but there are steps you can take to help lower those costs.

  • Assess the weather stripping – As the years go on, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to pinpoint any drafts that should be addressed.
  • Take advantage of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be valuable in keeping your space warm. Keep them open during the day when the sun is out, and make sure to close them at the end of the day, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter regularly to see if it must be switched out. We recommend at least once every three months, but every household is different, so that can vary.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – They may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home stays 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 – Check to see if you have a sufficient amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a useful tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Call for routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system will benefit from having a professional look at it, too. Hiring qualified technicians to clean and maintain your system will confirm that your system is running effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more expensive repairs if neglected.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If you notice your energy bills are continually increasing—regardless your efforts to improve efficiency—it might be time to look for a replacement heating system. An expert at Local HVAC Repair & Service can help you examine the performance of your HVAC system and walk through your options for newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps lower the amount of money you are having to spend on heating bills, but many of them can help your heating system run more efficiently. More efficient energy use also supports the health of your equipment, which means your heating system will have a longer life.

If you need routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide additional information on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Local HVAC Repair & Service in Wheeling a call to get started. You can reach us at 224-300-4806 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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