Even though summer is still here, it’s never too early to prepare for the winter season, and that’s undoubtedly true when it comes to your HVAC system. Vito Services wants to share some furnace maintenance tips and heating problems that have been costing you money in winters past. Educate yourself to keep your home warm and your heating costs cool.
1. You Have Poor Insulation
Even the most efficient furnace won’t do your home much good if your home is poorly insulated. Getting new and better insulation will cost you money, but doing so can save you money in the future. We recommend that you look into state energy-efficiency programs that offer loans to make the cost of getting new insulation more affordable.
2. You Don’t Bundle Up
While there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable in your own home, we don’t believe that comfort should result in higher heating bills. Rather than turning the heat up high enough to walk around your home in shorts and a t-shirt during winter, don’t be afraid to turn the heat down and add a few extra layers of clothing to keep you warm. You might feel silly doing so, but you won’t feel so silly when you see your energy bills start going down. On a related note, add layers to your hardwood floors and surfaces that are usually cold in the winter by using rugs. Putting up insulated curtains and window plastics is also a good idea.
3. You Don’t Have Heating Zones
If you live in an older home or can’t set an individual temperature for each room in the house, you can create heating zones by closing the doors and curtains of rooms that aren’t often used to make sure you aren’t heating places where there’s no one to appreciate the heat. This allows your furnace to operate more efficiently and saves you money. If you like, you can install radiators in rooms to keep them warm without the use of your furnace.
Talk with a Vito Services HVAC technician for more tips on saving on your furnace bill this winter. A little information and effort are sure to go a long way.