During the cold winter months, homeowners generally want to keep their homes warm and comfortable and their gas bills low and affordable. This is a delicate balance to strike since home comfort in the winter mainly depends on heating, which translates to higher heating bills. The good news is that our HVAC specialists have compiled a list of 7 strategies to keep your gas bill low:
- Upgrade to Geothermal Heating
You can significantly reduce your gas bill by installing a geothermal heat pump. This will also save you money in the summer, as the system can also help to cool your home. While environmental temperatures usually fluctuate from time to time depending on the season, the ground usually has a constant temperature ranging from 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit a few meters below the surface. When you install a geothermal heating system in Connecticut, you can be assured that you’ll also be reducing your heating/cooling bills considerably.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat will ensure that your home will be at a comfortable temperature – when you’re there. With thermostats like Nest, you can control the temperature of your home remotely! Nest will automatically turn itself down when no one is home, and will program itself according to your temperature preferences. We highly recommend this system to anyone who is looking to save energy and protect the environment.
- Seal Your Home
There are lots of places where heated air can escape from your home to the outside. This includes the area around the window and door frames. To improve your energy efficiency and reduce your gas bills, consider plugging these leaks with weather stripping, spray foam, or caulk. Be sure to also seal the attic, basement and crawl spaces.
- Reinforce Your Insulation
All the air ducts and hot water pipes inside the house need to be properly insulated to prevent heat loss to the surroundings. A properly insulated system can reduce your gas bill by up to 10%.
- Replace Air Filters Regularly
The only function of air filters is to trap airborne particles and prevent them from reaching your living spaces. Over time, filters can get clogged as debris block the holes. This will prevent air from flowing freely through the system. As a result, your fans will be forced to work extra hard and consume more energy to force air through the filter. If this goes on for too long, it’s likely that you’ll need heater repair. Ideally, you should replace or clean the air filter every 1-2 months to improve the energy efficiency of your heater and reduce your energy bill.
- Service Your Heating Equipment Regularly
The efficiency of your heating appliances can drop significantly over time. That is why you need to carry out regular maintenance of heating appliances. The furnace needs to be cleaned thoroughly and moving parts lubricated to improve the efficiency of the system. The burner also needs to be cleaned and adjusted to ensure it burns natural gas efficiently.
- Use Drapes to Your Benefit
When it’s cold outside, you do not want to lose any heat. During the day, you should open drapes to let in sunlight, which will heat up the house and help your heating system. At night, keep drapes closed. This is a simple, but effective way to reduce your heating bill.
If you have any questions about how you can conserve energy and save money on your gas bill, we encourage you to contact us today for a consultation!