Learn How to Cut Costs to Avoid High Heating Bills

If you’re thinking about opportunities to cut costs in your household, heating offers a lot of room for improvement. In U.S. residences, the annual energy cost of heating the house during winter averages at least twice what it costs to run the AC and keep cool during the summer. The good news is, statistics also show that making targeted energy-saving improvements can cut the heating portion of monthly energy bills substantially. Here are some examples for cutting costs to help bring heating bills into line with cooling and other household expenses.

Change the furnace air filter.

Maximum airflow means higher heating efficiency, cutting costs, and improving indoor comfort. During the winter, replace the air filter at least every other month.

Schedule annual professional maintenance.

Best done before the outset of the heating season, this service combines manufacturer-recommended maintenance procedures with an in-depth inspection to expose any issues that could become major malfunctions later in the season.

Seal up heat loss.

Cutting costs means inhibiting the natural movement of heat energy out of your home and into the colder outdoors. Make it harder for heat to escape by sealing structural gaps and cracks that allow heat loss out of the house or up into the attic. Renew worn weatherstripping around doors and windows.

Bring insulation up to date.

Industry statistics report that 90% of American homes are under-insulated by current Department Of Energy standards. Adding insulation in the attic to reduce heat loss is a relatively inexpensive home improvement with a quick payback in the form of lower heating costs.

Upgrade the furnace.

The average service life of a gas furnace is around 20 years. If your furnace is approaching that time frame — or you’re presently facing expensive repairs to keep it running — upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient furnace now starts cutting costs sooner rather than later. You’ll also get better heating performance, more advanced features, and a new warranty.

At Paitson Bros., we’re ready with experienced advice and professional service for cutting costs while keeping warm this coming winter. We’ve been the Wabash Valley’s local source for heating and cooling since 1922.

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