With winter comes cold weather. Cold weather often comes with a higher energy bill to keep up with the cooler temperatures. Winter can be a taxing time on your energy bill, so coming up with ways save both energy and money should be at the forefront of any homeowner’s mind.
The main purpose of your home is to provide you with a safe haven from the outside world. This can be a difficult balance to maintain during winter when you’re trying to pick between a warm home and a low energy bill. Luckily, many experienced furnace installation and repair companies in Sonoma County have a variety of tips to help homeowners save on their heating bills.
Utilize Your Fireplace
A fireplace isn’t just for show. In fact, the large opening of a fireplace combined with the right amount of time and resources can be capable of adequately heating your home. Oftentimes a fireplace can be a cheaper route to heating your home.
If you decide to use a fireplace over your furnace, you can expect to save up to 8 percent on your monthly heating bill.
Inspect Your Furnace
Furnaces, like all pieces of machinery, need proper maintenance to ensure they continue working as efficiently as possible. A malfunctioning furnace can put a big dent in your wallet. One of the most common places where a furnaces efficiency can be improved quickly is the air filter. Over time, the filters fill with dust, dirt, and other debris which limits the furnaces air intake.
To prevent this issue, make sure that your furnace is serviced at least once a year by a trained professional. During an inspection, the professional will check for both common furnace issues and inspect the device for more serious issues.
Check on the Ducting
It’s a good idea to occasionally have your ducting inspected for leaks that could lead to heat loss during transit throughout your house which would make your furnace have to work harder. Leaking ducts can be attributed to a roughly 30 percent increase in your furnaces operation.
Harness the Sun
A good practice when it comes to helping maintain your home’s heat is to open the windows that the sun is facing to help use natural heat to warm your home. Utilizing the sun’s warmth instead of the furnace can help you lower your heating costs by up to 10 percent.
Just-in Time Plumbing & Heating is one of the premier furnace installation, maintenance, and repair companies in Sonoma County. With a touch of authenticity and a human element, we strive to do right by each and every one of our customers by making sure we’re their first, and only, stop. To get in touch with us, call us at (707) 571-1336.