Lower Heating Bills and Help Ease the Winter Weather Blues

lower heating billsWinter brings with it the joy of the holidays, but it also results in higher energy costs as your household’s heating needs increase. Now’s the best time to learn how to lower heating bills in your Bellingham area home, and we have some great tips to help you do exactly that:

  • Give your home’s furnace a tuneup – When the furnace isn’t running at its peak performance, the loss of efficiency will drive up heating costs. The solution is to hire a licensed contractor to perform an annual tune-up of the system.
  • Purchase a portable heater – Running the furnace is a costly endeavor, but since none of us like to be uncomfortable, we insist on using it. Whenever possible, use a portable heater, which uses less energy.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – If you want to wrestle control over your home heating bills, a programmable thermostat will allow you to set the days and times for the operation of your heating equipment. You also have the choice of a WiFi model, which can be controlled remotely through an Internet connection.
  • Bundle up – Instead of relying on the furnace at the first sign of a cold home, slip on a sweater or bundle yourself under a blanket. You’ll save money and may even get the chance to be closer to a loved one.
  • Seal electrical outlets – The area behind an electrical outlet usually isn’t insulated very well, allowing air to leak through. For small gaps, remove the plate and fill them with acrylic latex caulk. Larger gaps can be fixed with the use of a foam sealant, in addition to a foam gasket placed between the wall and plate.
  • Replace worn weatherstripping – Weatherstripping around doors and windows will deteriorate after a few years. Replacement will seal them once again.

For more expert advice on how to lower heating bills this winter, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, contact the friendly professionals at Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Bellingham, Norfolk, Dover and all surrounding areas since 1992.

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