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What can I do during winter months to lower my energy bills?

Whether you appreciate winter or prefer the warmer months in Lawrence, many of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us comfortable. This can have a huge impact on your energy bills, but there are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs.

  • Look at the weather stripping – As the years go on, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to find any drafts that have to be addressed.
  • Make use of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be helpful in keeping your space warm. Keep them open during the day when the sun is out, and make sure to close them at nighttime, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter routinely to see if it needs to be replaced. We advocate at least once every three months, but every household is different, so that can vary.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – They may seem like just a convenient way to make sure your home remains warm, but programmable thermostats can also help you reduce energy costs! You can set temperatures to be lower when you are away from the home or sleeping. Being more mindful of efficiency will help with heating costs.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a useful tool to lower the chances of heat escaping.
  • Schedule routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system will benefit from having a professional look at it, too. Hiring professionals to clean and maintain your system will verify that your system is working effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more costly repairs if ignored.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—regardless your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to look for a replacement heating system. The professionals at Scott Temperature can help you examine the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the selection of newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps decrease the amount of money you are putting toward your energy costs, but many of them can help your heating system operate more efficiently. More efficient energy use also maintains the health of your equipment, which means your system will last longer.

If you would like routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide more tips on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Scott Temperature in Lawrence a call to start down the right path. You can reach us at 785-269-0465 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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