3 Easy Tips To Keep Your Heating Bill Down

When the elderly live alone, their children worry about their HVAC systems, especially in extreme weather. Find ways a contractor can help your loved one here.

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Keeping Grandma Warm This Winter

Growing up, I practically lived at my maternal grandparents’ home. I ate most of my meals at this cozy, brick house in the country. My grandmother spoiled me when I was young. Every weekend, she took me shopping with her. And, I usually came home with something new. My grandfather played catch and checkers with me often. He was always a wonderful listener as well. Sadly, my grandpa passed away right before my thirteenth birthday. My grandma still lives in the house she shared with my granddad. During the winter, she used to build fires in her fireplace. However she relies exclusively on her central heating and air conditioning unit now. On this blog, I hope you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can help keep your elderly loved ones warm this winter.


3 Easy Tips To Keep Your Heating Bill Down

16 January 2019
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If your monthly heating bill is causing you heat up a bit yourself, it might be time to take a look at how you can make your heating system run more efficiently. Here are a few DIY tips to keep in mind that should help keep your energy costs down all winter long:

Invest in a Space Heater or Two

If you spend most of your time in one area of the house, consider investing in a space heater for that particular area. This might allow you to close the vents in the other rooms throughout your house or even shut off your heating system entirely for a little bit if you plan on sitting right on top of the heater. Yes, space heaters use electricity and that will cost energy, but the cost of running one or two small space heaters is certainly going to be less than what it costs for your HVAC system to keep the entire house warm.

Add Your Own Insulation

If your house has faulty insulation, you'll want to get that fixed by an expert. Even with good insulation, however, there are additional things you can do to help keep your airflow from leaking in or out of the house.

One idea is to install a new set of blinds and curtains on every window and keep them drawn if you are not in the room. The additional material or fabric will act as a buffer that keeps cool air out and the warm air from your heater inside the house.

If you notice a drafty window or two, you could use a t-shirt or some other kind of fabric along the bottom to try and give yourself a temporary fix. For best results though, you'll want professional help.

Don't Heat Your Home When You're Not in It

Are you still using a standard thermostat that keeps the temperature in your house the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? By switching to a programmable thermostat, you can begin making some serious adjustments to the temperature when the house is not in use. Allow the heater to turn off and take a break while you are at work, but have it automatically turn back on maybe an hour or so before you leave the office. Allowing your heating system to shut down, even for a little bit every now and then, can reduce long term wear and tear and also save you money on energy costs.

For best results, contact a heating service professional to have your system inspected at least once a year.