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

Heating

Whether you like winter or prefer the warmer months in Keokuk, most of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us cozy. 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 find any drafts that need to be addressed.
  • Make use of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be helpful in keeping your home warm. Keep them open while the sun is still shining throughout the day, 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 changed. We recommend at least once every three months, but that period of time can vary from house to house.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – It may seem like just a handy way to make sure your home stays warm, but programmable thermostats can also save money on your heating bill! You can fix temperatures to be lower when you are away from the home or sleeping. Using your heat more efficiently helps lower your bill.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Look to see if you have a sufficient 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 will benefit from having a professional look at it, too. Hiring professionals to clean and maintain your system will verify that your system is operating effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if neglected.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—despite your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to purchase a replacement heating system. The professionals at WM J Kraus & Son can help you examine the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the selection of newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps decrease the amount of money you are putting toward your energy costs, 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 a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you would like 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 WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk a call to start down the right path. You can reach us at 319-229-2318 or book an appointment with us online.

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