The cold days of the holiday season will cause your heating system to work overtime, and this will mean a rise in your utility bills. While this cannot be prevented, there are still ways to ensure that the energy bills do not get exorbitantly high.
Seal All Drafts
One of the first steps to take is to seal all cracks and other openings in the home. These can be found especially around doors and windows, but all you’ll need is some foam tape or caulking to take care of them. This way, the heated air remains inside your home for a longer time.
Ensure Enough Insulation
Insulation also keeps the heated air inside where it belongs. You could have a professional come over to see if the insulation in your attic is sufficient. You may need more layers, or the professional may recommend new insulation with a higher R-value. In older homes, insulation may be lacking in the wall cavities, so this would have to be addressed as well.
Program the Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can go a long way to providing you with energy savings. With these, you can adjust the times when the heater turns on and off. For instance, the heater should stay off when you’re sleeping and when you’re out of the house. With a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can control the settings even while you’re away.
Climate Control deals in state-of-the-art thermostats from Carrier. Residents throughout Portland, OR, have trusted us for these and for other energy-saving features like zoning systems.
Get Heating Tune-Ups
If heating units are compromised in any way, such as by dirty coils or air leaks in the ductwork, they may wind up raising your utility bills. You’ll want professional maintenance to avoid this problem.
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For heating and AC maintenance, repairs, and installations in Portland, simply turn to Climate Control. Our NATE-certified technicians could also install a water heater or an indoor air quality system for your home. Contact us to ask any questions.