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How To Reduce Your Heating Costs This Winter

by Sara Cook

Winter is fast approaching, and it is almost time to fire up that furnace to keep your home warm and toasty in spite of the chilly temperatures outside. While you know you need the furnace this winter to keep you and your family safe and comfortable, you also know that this means your gas bill is going to skyrocket in comparison to the recent summer months. Your heating costs do not need to break the bank this winter. All you need to do is take the following simple steps, and you can greatly reduce your heating costs. 

Schedule a Professional Inspection and Duct Cleaning

First and foremost, before the cold sets in for the season, you should contact a local heating contractor like Bernie Buchner Inc for a professional inspection of your heating system. If there are any problems that could cause your heating bills to be higher, your heating contractor can detect and fix them before you fire up the furnace. 

They can also clean out the system, change the furnace filter, and check the pilot light for proper gas composition. These elements all contribute to your heating system running properly. Your heating costs can jump if your system is dirty, has an old furnace filter, or has an incorrect gaseous composition. 

Finally, you can also get your ducts cleaned before winter. This means that all of your air vents will be thoroughly cleaned and cleared of any debris that will affect the flow of warm air throughout your home. Additionally, duct cleaning will help remove allergens from your home, making your winter more pleasant.

Seal Windows with Plastic

You more than likely won't be opening your windows during the winter months. As such, to reduce your heating costs, you should apply plastic insulation film to your window frames and windows. This will prevent any air leakage from these windows. Buy a standard window insulation kit at any hardware store. Attach the plastic film to the window frame with double-sided tape, and use a hair dryer to shrink the plastic, removing wrinkles and creases to create the best seal possible.

Turn Down Your Thermostat

For every degree lower you set your thermostat, you save yourself money. Heating contractors and experts recommend you try to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees during the winter. This represents the optimal energy savings possible without sacrificing your family's comfort. 

Some heating experts also suggest that you keep your thermostat set even lower for most of the day (approximately 18 hours of the day), and have small periods of time throughout the day where you heat the house to a higher temperature. These intervals will help keep you warm in the morning when you are getting ready for work, and in the evening before you go to bed, and cooler when you are not home or sleeping. 

By putting these tips into effect in your home this winter, you can save yourself money on your heating bills this year. All you have to do is put in a little bit of effort at the beginning of the season and throughout the winter, and your costs will be lower and more manageable this year.