Back in the day, prices for heating used to be highest in the winter when demand is greatest & lower in the summer, when the demand drops. Not so this year. With the rising costs of the fuel prices, there is a number of ways you can get more bang for your buck.
- Annual Maintenance of your heating equipment is highly recommended. It will help maintain the efficiency level as well as help to ensure the continued safe use & operation of the equipment in your home.
- Air Filters – Remember to check your furnace air filters on a regular basis (every 4-6 weeks). If you have central air conditioning, this rule applies through the summer months as well. Clogged filters reduce air flow through the heating/cooling system, forcing the unit to work harder. Severley clogged filters can cause the unit to overheat &can lead to premature compressor damage in air conditioner systems. When you check the filter, hold it up to the light & if no light comes through, it’s time to change the filter.
- Programmable Thermostats. These will help you manage the heat for your home. They can be set to suit your lifestyle by setting back the temperature in the house when no one is home or, at night, when everyone is sleeping. For every degree the thermostat is set below 21 deg. C, for four or more hours in a day, you will reduce your energy use by 2-2.5%. Over a year, you could lower your heating bill by 15%. Recommended setting for the winter is 68 deg. F and in the summer 78 deg. F. A rebate is available through Cool Savings for $25. if you upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Call the office for more information.
- Insulate Water Heaters (Electric ONLY) & Pipes – if they are located in uninsulated areas. Uninsulated hot water pipes loose heat & cause your water heater to work harder. Cold water pipes can be insulated in order to prevent them from sweating or dripping in heated areas, or freezing unheated areas.
- Conserve by weatherizing your home. Insulating, caulking around windows & doors to seal out cold air & help save energy. 6.) Duct Cleaning. Similar to air filters – helps make sure the air flow is not obstructed in any way as well as helps make for a more clean and environmentally comfortable living space.