Home Heating Cost Cutting Tips
Winter has arrived in Chicago. Along with colder temperatures, higher home heating bills are here as well. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to lower the cost to heat your home this winter. By being proactive, you can save on your gas and electric bills. Not only will you save money, but you will be more comfortable too. From installing high efficiency equipment, to performing simple, affordable fixes, the Chicago heating experts at Polar have you covered.
Simple Ways to Lower Your Heating Bills
- Install High Efficiency Heating Equipment: If your furnace is old and acting up, consider installing a new high efficiency unit. Newer HE boilers and furnaces have lower operating costs because they use less gas or electric to produce heat for your home. This option is definitely the most expensive way to lower your bills. That being said, a new high efficiency boiler or furnace will save you money in the long run.
- Programmable Thermostats: A more affordable and simple way to lower your heating costs is to install a programmable thermostat such as the Aprilaire® 8290W Wi-Fi Thermostat. With a programmable or smart thermostat, homeowners have the ability to set schedules to lower temperatures while sleeping or working. When connected to wifi, smart thermostats allow even more control over custom settings. All of these features lead to lower heating bills.
- Home Heating Hacks: Perhaps the cheapest way to lower your heating bills is to perform simple hacks to stop cold air from entering your home. If your home has windows that are drafty, consider installing window film. If you feel drafts at doors, check weather stripping and replace if necessary. Are there rooms that you do not use in your home? Closing vents and doors in these rooms is another way to use less energy. Only heat the rooms that you use. However, be mindful if there is plumbing on outside walls in these rooms. You will need to heat these rooms to prevent frozen pipes. Finally, keeping your thermostat set at a lower temperature will keep your energy bills low this winter. It is always possible to add layers of clothes and use blankets to keep warm.
Save Money on Home Heating Repairs and Replacements
At Polar Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer significant savings on all heating repairs and replacements. If you are interested in a free estimate on new equipment, or an affordable repair, contact us today.