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:
- Tune 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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