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

Whether you enjoy winter or prefer the warmer months in West Jefferson, many of us make adjustments to make sure our home’s temperature keeps us cozy. This can have a large impact on your utility costs, but there are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs.

  • Check weather stripping – As the years go on, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to find any drafts that have to be addressed.
  • Make use of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be valuable in keeping your house warm. Keep them open during the day when the sun is out, and make sure to close them at nighttime, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter routinely to see if it should be changed. We recommend at least once every three months, but that period of time can vary from house to house.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats may seem like just a convenient way to make sure your home remains warm, but programmable thermostats can also help you reduce energy costs! You can fix temperatures to be cooler when you are away from the home or sleeping. Using your heat more efficiently helps lower your bill.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have an acceptable amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a great tool to lower the chances of heat escaping.
  • Call for routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs a little attention, too. Hiring qualified technicians to clean and maintain your system will give you piece of mind that your system is operating effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if left unchecked.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If it seems like your monthly heating costs are continually increasing—regardless your efforts to improve efficiency—it might be time to look for a replacement heating system. The team at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. 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 reduce the amount of money you are spending on your energy bills, but many of them can help your heating system operate more efficiently. More efficient energy use also maintains the health of your equipment, which means your system will last longer.

If you need routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide more tips on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in West Jefferson a call to get started. Contact our team at 614-450-1575 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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