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Lowering Heating Bills in Your Massachusetts Home Is Possible With These Tips

Are you afraid of what the financial future holds as temperatures drop in your Massachusetts home? There is an obvious need for concern, but there are plenty of ways you can lower heating bills this season. In fact, we’ve gathered together some of our favorites right here:

  • space heaterTune up the system – An annual tune-up of the furnace by a licensed HVAC contractor will not only improve its efficiency, but also extend its operating life.
  • Upgrade the thermostat – If the heating and cooling of your Massachusetts home is still controlled by a manual thermostat, you’re behind the times and most likely wasting money. A programmable thermostat will allow you to designate when the equipment is in operation, which can help you gain control over costs.
  • Purchase a space heater – The cost of running a furnace to heat your home is a significant portion of your heating bill. Space heaters use less energy to operate and can keep you warm, especially when everyone is in the same room.
  • Replace weatherstripping – The application of weatherstripping around the edges of doors and windows is a great way to keep air leaks at bay. Of course, these strips don’t last forever. If they’re beginning to show wear, you should replace them.
  • Eliminate drafts around outlets – Many household outlets don’t have the proper insulation behind them. While this may not seem like a big deal, the loss of air can increase heating costs. To fix this, first remove the plate. Then apply either acrylic latex caulk for small gaps or foam sealant for larger ones. And before you replace the plate, place a foam gasket over the outlet for further protection.
  • Use sweaters and blankets – When it gets cold inside, many of us immediately reach for the thermostat to turn up the heat. Staying warm with sweaters and blankets is a more cost-effective option.

For more expert advice on how to lower heating bills, or for any other questions related to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts.

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Closing Air Vents Can Have a Bigger Impact on Airflow Than You Might Expect

closing air vents, home heating, Holliston, MassachusettsSome homeowners start closing air vents in little-used rooms in the fall to save money on heating costs. However, this practice has a tendency to backfire, resulting in higher energy bills down the road. Read More Closing Air Vents Can Have a Bigger Impact on Airflow Than You Might Expect >>

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5 Reasons Radiant Heating Is Just the Right Thing for Your Massachusetts Home

radiant heating system, Holliston, MassachusettsThere are many Massachusetts homeowners who have the perception that switching from traditional forced air heating to radiant heating is difficult. In fact, it’s easier than you think and has immense benefits. Read More 5 Reasons Radiant Heating Is Just the Right Thing for Your Massachusetts Home >>

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Can a Condensing Furnace Make an Impact in Your MA Home?

condensing furnaces, Boston, MassachusettsIf you’re looking for ways to save on your winter heating costs — now and for years to come — consider investing in a condensing gas furnace. Read More Can a Condensing Furnace Make an Impact in Your MA Home? >>

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Can Radiant Floor Heating Keep Your Home Cozy?

radiant floor heating system, Boston, MassachusettsWe all know that the weather conditions during the winter in Massachusetts can be brutal, and often your home is the only escape from these frigid temperatures. If your traditional forced-air furnace system isn’t keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, a radiant floor heating system might be worth your attention. Read More Can Radiant Floor Heating Keep Your Home Cozy? >>

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Gas Bill on the Rise? Make It Your Business for Energy Savings

rising gas bill, Boston, MassachusettsA rising gas bill is something no homeowner likes to think about. After all, one benefit of gas is supposedly its lower cost as an energy source. If the energy costs for your home are higher than you believe they should be, perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at your gas bill. Read More Gas Bill on the Rise? Make It Your Business for Energy Savings >>

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Your Furnace Filter: So Easy To Change, Yet So Easy To Neglect

change your furnace filter regularly, Boston, MassachusettsScheduling an annual furnace tune-up ensures that your furnace will be ready to combat the chill that settles in the Massachusetts area every winter — and hangs around for several months. Homeowners can participate in preparing for and enduring winter weather by checking and changing the furnace filter. Read More Your Furnace Filter: So Easy To Change, Yet So Easy To Neglect >>

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Furnace Basics: Know How Your Forced-Air System Works?

forced-air system, Boston, MassachusettsYour forced-air system is powered by a furnace that delivers heated air to every room through a network of ducts. Ducted forced-air systems are the most common type of central heating, but do you really know how they work? Read More Furnace Basics: Know How Your Forced-Air System Works? >>

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Your Home Energy Audit: What The Blower Door Test Is All About

home energy audit improves efficiency, Boston, MassachusettsDid you know that if air leaks are left untreated, they can account for a significant amount of energy loss in your Route 495/128-area home? If you haven’t already done so, now may be the perfect time to schedule a home energy audit to get a handle on energy losses in your home’s envelope. Read More Your Home Energy Audit: What The Blower Door Test Is All About >>

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Heating System On Its Last Legs? A Guide To Buying A Furnace

buying a furnace replacement, Boston, MassachusettsIf your outdated heating system barely made it through last winter, it may be time to think about buying a furnace replacement. A new furnace will provide more consistent heating with lower monthly energy bills, but how do you choose the best furnace for your home?  Read More Heating System On Its Last Legs? A Guide To Buying A Furnace >>

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