Posted September 10, 2014 by Energy-Star
Winter is coming! It can get pretty chilly in Philadelphia which means higher heating bills for the city of brotherly love. Fortunately, our technicians know the ins and outs of every style of heating system, and they’ve come up with a list of four easy steps you can take to improve the efficency of your home’s most vital systems and lower your monthly heating expenses. Whether you’re using an oil furnace, a natural gas boiler, radiant floor heating or another style of heater, these tips will help improve your winter bills.
4 Tips to lowering your heating bill in Philadelphia:
- Lower the thermostat when you’re not active! it seems like common sense, but many people simply leave their thermostat at the same setting all day every day throughout the winter. Sure it’s easy, but this habit could be costing your an extra 10 to 20 percent on your heating bills! Dropping the temperature setting by around 10 degrees while you’re at work or sleeping will lead to serious savings every month. Modern programmable thermostats make this even easier, and our expert technicians can install these convenient solutions with ease.
- Ventilation fans in the kitchen or bathroom can suck away heat. Be aware of where in you could be losing heat in your home. Ventilation fans are important for keeping your home clean and comfortable, but in winter months you may consider closing them while you’re out in order to retain more warm air throughout the day.
- Use Cold water for laundry and turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Save strain on your heating equipment by reducing the load you demand from it in harsh winter months. By using cold water for laundry and setting a lower temperature on your water heater, you’re reducing the amount of energy demanded from your oil or natural gas systems, which is already elevated in winter months. The result is less energy and less expensive heating bills.
- Change your furnace filter every month and make sure the registers are not blocked. Sometimes the most basic maintenance can have a large impact. Keeping clean filters and ensuring the various components of your furnace or boiler are properly cared for will ensure your heating unit is working to maximum efficiency. This means you’ll get better heating results using less energy and it also means you’ll place less strain on your equipment, which will extend the lifespan of your system.