Tips to Reduce Winter Heating Costs

Heating system efficiency made easy

Winters in [region] are especially long, brutally cold, snowy, and windy. Heating costs are a significant drain on the household budget. At Hometown Heroes, we focus on the most effective strategies for maximizing heating system efficiency. Along with Energy Star-rated heating systems and proper sizing and installation protocols, our EPA-certified technicians provide essential seasonal maintenance.

Heating Solutions with Hometown Heroes

Utilizing MeasureQuick software, we evaluate the operation of the heating system to identify issues and verify solutions through Bluetooth tools and sensors. We highly recommend scheduling a tune-up for all makes, models, and ages of heating equipment in the fall, prior to the strenuous workload. If you should notice any concerns with your heater, never hesitate to reach out to us at [phone]. Being proactive about system performance prevents greater damage and expense.

Cost effective heating

Here are a few tips to reduce winter heating costs:

  • Lower the thermostat – Simply making the adjustment from 71 to 69 degrees can save approximately 5% on room heating costs without sacrificing comfort.
  • Adjust the water heater – Reducing the water heater’s temperature from the typical 140°F to 120°F can trim up to 11% off your water heating budget. Spending half the time in the shower can save up to 33%.
  • Replace air filters – A clean filter protects the heating system from a buildup of contaminants that block airflow, increase running times and lead to higher utility bills and even expensive repairs.
  • Open and close curtains – Sunlight is free. Open blinds, curtains or drapes during the daytime and let the sun warm up the room. When the sun sets, close them to retain the heat.
  • Check windows and doors – Drafts can be prevented with weatherstripping and caulk.
  • Close unused vents – If there are rooms that are rarely used, close the vents so that the heat can be redirected to those areas you occupy regularly.
  • Run ceiling fans – Adjust the fan to run clockwise to redistribute warm air collected near the ceiling throughout the room.
  • Inspect attic insulation – A minimum of 11” of fiberglass insulation is recommended. Insulation that has been compromised by moisture, rodents or age allows heat loss from the upper level of the home.
  • Add an electric blanket – Using very little energy, electric blankets keep you warm and allow for lower thermostat settings.
  • Light a candle – If the smoke trail is pulled in the direction of a window or door, there is probably a leak that needs to be sealed. Just remember to never leave an open flame unattended.