6 Tips to Save Money on Winter Heating
Winter is finally here and with that comes shorter days and cooler weather.
While Arizona might not see freezing temperatures very often, it does still get cold enough for locals to need some winter heating. Just like air conditioning, heating your home in the winter can lead to expensive energy bills but with a few proactive measures like Aerosealing your ducts, you can reduce the cost of your winter heating.
Stop Heat from Escaping from Ducts
One of the main reasons for skyrocketing energy bills in the winter is heating systems that don’t properly heat the home because of duct leaks. When an HVAC system has a duct leak, the system can’t efficiently function, meaning it will run more often to try and heat the space.
Having a professional come to Aeroseal your ducts early on can mean significant savings on winter heating down the line. Ducting is very hard to inspect, either it is buried in insulation or hidden behind drywall. Aeroseal is the best solution to leaky ducts.
Seal Doors and Windows
Beyond duct leaks, doors and windows are also common ways for heat to escape from a home. During the year you should take some time to inspect your doorways and window to ensure that they are properly sealed so air cannot escape. It is also important to remember that if you want to enjoy the fresh winter air from an open window to turn your system off. This will help to ensure that you don’t lose new heat and aren’t wasting energy.
Redirect Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans aren’t just for helping you stay cool during the winter, they can also be effective at helping circulate the heat of your home. By reversing the direction your ceiling fans spin, they will be able to pull the air up and distribute it throughout the room to help with your winter heating.
On most fans, there should be a switch at the base that will allow you to easily change the direction that the fan spins. Once adjusted, you can test that the fan is spinning in the right direction by standing under it, you shouldn’t feel any air blowing directly down at you.
Adjust the Temperature
Adjusting the temperature of your thermostat is a surefire way to raise or lower your winter heating costs. Similar to air conditioning, the greater the difference between your thermostat temperature and the outside temperature, the more often your system will need to run to maintain that set point.
In order to help you save some extra money throughout the winter, consider lowering the temperature of the thermostat as low as you can while still remaining safe and comfortable. Bundling up with blankets, sweaters, or sweatpants can be effective at balancing out the lower temperatures so you can stay comfortable while your system is off and saving you money.
Service Your System
The best thing that you can do for your system is to give it regular maintenance to ensure that it is running efficiently. By having a professional come by once or twice a year, you can help prevent your system from overworking or failing when you need it the most. Routine HVAC maintenance will help keep your system healthy for years to come not just when you need it for winter heating.
Work with the Pros
Whether you are looking to have your ducts inspected and sealed or want to start regular maintenance, Mason Pro Services is here to help. Our team of expertly trained technicians is ready for any situation that could come our way. From Aeroseal to HVAC repairs, we can do it all! If you have noticed signs that your winter heating isn’t as effective as it should be, give us a call and discover the difference working with Mason Pro Services can make in your home.