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Tips to maximize your heating system this winter

It is estimated that heating your house can account for upwards of 50% of a family’s winter energy bill.  This number is too high to ignore. A furnace that is not operating efficiently can have a drastic effect on a persons heating bill.

Every year before the winter season starts it is recommended that you have a tune up scheduled with a licensed heating technician. You want to make sure that all of your wires are connected properly and that all of the various electrical components are in good working order. If any of these are not it is going to cost you extra money to heat your house.

You also want to make sure that the system is clean and that you proper airflow. Improper air flow will cause a large strain on your system and not only increase your heating bill but also cause the system to fail sooner than it should. Furnaces are expensive you want to get as much life out of them as possible.

Don’t forget to either clean or replace your furnace filter. A dirty filter will make the system work harder and cost you more money in the long run.

furnace filter photo

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Quick Tips to Save On Your Winter Energy Bill

Of course we all want to lower our energy bills this winter. It’s not a hard thing to do but take a little bit of elbow grease but with a bit of effort your can lower your winter energy bill.  Follow these steps to save money on your energy and heating bills this winter.

Quick Tips to Save On Your Winter Energy Bill

    • Turn down the thermostat at night or when you’re not home.
    • Add a programmable thermostat to control the temperature for home and away times. Check with your energy company, some offer them for free to help you save energy.
    •  Open blinds and curtains in the day to let the sun heat your home and close them at night to keep the warm air in and cold air out.
    • Lower the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees. We are on a plan that lets the Utility company control our water heater and it saves us money.
    • Consider buying and insulation wrap for your water heater. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to put on.
    • Clean your furnace filter monthly, we just vacuum ours out and replace it annually.
    • Check your outer doors to see if you can see light coming through, if so add weather stripping.
    • Consider buying a plastic shrink wrap kit to cover breezy windows or patio doors.

These are just a few quick tips that will help your save money on your winter energy bill. They are for the most part inexpensive to do and you will see results on your heating and hydro bill. On the reverse they will also help you with your air conditioning bill during the summer months.

Room Thermostat

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