Winter in Sacramento normally causes some anxiety in many homeowners. We can always expect to see a higher PG&E bill this time of year due to increased energy consumption. One of the expenses we sacrifice to keep our home warm. However, there’s no need to worry about the energy bill if you can reduce the cost of heating your home.
A Short Guide on Saving Money.
1. Get a Programmable Thermostat
Sacramento furnace repair techs at Clarke and Rush recommend that homeowners install a programmable thermostat in order to save on heating costs during winter. Research has found that most homes leave the heat at the same level throughout the day simply because it is an inconvenience to keep adjusting the thermostat manually throughout the day. A programmable thermostat allows you to automate the temperature adjustment process so that the HVAC system works less while you sleep or when you’re away.
2. How to Winterize Your Home to Save Energy
Air leaks are one of the biggest culprits when heat loss is being investigated. These leaks spring from degraded weather stripping, gaps where pipes enter the home and damage to the exterior walls of the home. Fixing those leaks using caulk and other appropriate products can keep the warm air in while keeping the cold air out. Your heating system will, therefore, have less work to do if the insulation of the home is improved. New door and window installation is a great way to upgrade the look of your home
3. Upgrade Your Home Heating System
Another key step of how to save on your heating bill this winter is by replacing your old heat pump, furnace or boiler with a new one. Heat sources become less energy efficient as they grow old. However, you need to consult a furnace repair expert in Sacramento before deciding to replace your furnace, heat pump or boiler. Taking less costly measures, such as replacing worn parts may often suffice to restore its efficiency. If your furnace is ten years old or older, then go ahead and invest in a new heat source with a Sacramento heating and air company.
4. Check Your Use of the Fireplace
Experts at Clarke and Rush in Sacramento also advise homeowners to make less use of their fireplaces during very cold conditions. This is because heated air will escape outdoors as smoke is traveling through the chimney. The energy generated by the fireplace will, therefore, be less than what is lost through the chimney. Alternatively, many homeowners choose to install a fireplace insert to optimize the heat.
5. Ask Your HVAC Contractor About an Energy Audit
It is often hard for our clients to know which home appliances are operating at a lower energy efficiency level than they should. We often think of the appliances we use every day like our washer and dryer. Talk to your HVAC contractor to invite an experienced professional to conduct an energy audit of your home. Utility companies and many electrical companies can perform this audit as well. Have the inefficient appliances tuned up or repaired before winter begins so that those appliances don’t cause your energy bill to be higher than it should. A furnace tune-up is a great way to save energy while bringing your unit back to factory specs.
6. Get a Humidifier
Buy and install a whole-house humidifier. This device will improve the comfort experienced by the occupants of your home. The humidifier will also allow you to lower the temperature slightly without compromising the comfort of your family members. This is because the air tends to be drier during the cold months. Many homeowners respond by turning up the heat in order to feel comfortable. A little more humidity helps to increase comfort without increasing the temperature setting. As you may know, each degree that you turn down the heating system results in lower energy consumption.
7. Are you still wondering about how to save on your heating bill this winter?
Talk to our experienced professionals at Clarke and Rush. Our team is committed to inspecting your heating system. We will advise on the most cost-effective improvements that can be made to reduce your home’s energy bill. We are the only HVAC contractor in the Sacramento area who does not pay our repair technicians commission. You will never be up-sold something you don’t need, and we will not push you to replace your furnace unless it is completely in your best interest.