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Saving on Heater Energy Costs

Energy costs are a significant part of the household budget. If your heating costs are high, there are ways to bring them down.

The first thing to consider is having a regular yearly maintenance check of your heating unit. Have the heater checked before the winter season, and the air conditioner checked before the summer season. Taking care of problems before they develop is always cheaper and better than waiting for a serious problem to develop before calling your HVAC serviceman.

Other problems that may keep the temperature within the house or business from being as comfortable as expected (which then requires more heat and more energy costs), has to do with outside air entering. Are there cracks around the windows and doors? Are the doors opened often? Sealing cracks and limiting the amount of heated air that escapes outside can help lower the energy costs. Caulk and weather-stripping can prevent air from coming in or escaping. It is worth the time and expense to winterize window frames, door baseboards, and window-mounted air conditioners. Another simple to do is to close the draft of a fireplace when it is not in use. This will keep hot air from leaving the residence and cold air from entering.

One simple thing that can keep energy costs down is replacing clogged air filters. Air filters need to be changed at least every month. When the filter is clogged with dust, less air goes through to be heated. The system has to work harder to draw in sufficient air. This takes more power and more power translates into higher energy costs. You do not need to call a HVAC contractor to change a filter. You can find the correct size filter at the store, buy several to last for the winter season, and change them yourself.

Another thing that helps bring down energy costs is having a programmable thermostat. You can program the temperature setting you want, and thus you do not need to wait until you get home to manually change the temperature. Of course, simply lowering the thermostat will result in smaller energy costs to heat the residence or business. If it is cooler at night, you will feel better than if you sleep in a hot, stuffy house. Get some good blankets or comforters to keep toasty warm on a cold, winter night. If you go away for a weekend, reduce the thermostat. You don’t need to keep the house as warm for the pipes as you do for the people.

In the winter, do not use the exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen as much. There are other ways to control odors. There are absorbents that have been created to absorb smells. There are ways to deal with odors other than sending heated kitchen or bathroom air out via the exhaust fans.

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