Fall is nearing the end as winter fast approaches. It is during this time that a sharp increase in the gas bill can be seen as the furnace and other heating appliances are used more frequently. It can be disheartening to see these winter bills rising, just as the electric bills of summer slowed down. There are a few different ways that your gas bill can be lowered this season, keeping your house warm while still keeping your expenses low.
Reduce the temperature
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andybutkaj/441970348/This may seem basic, but it can be immensely helpful in the winter months. Lowering the temperatures just a degree or two won’t feel like much of a difference to you in terms of comfort, but it will make a huge difference in your bill. You can always put on more layers of clothing if it gets too cold inside.
If you are unsure, experiment with this for one month. Set the temperature a degree or two lower than you usually have it, and see how big of a difference it makes for you. When you invest in a programmable thermostat, you will have the ability to change the temperature when you are away to an even lower setting, and then raise it up before you arrive back home. This will prevent your furnace from needing to work overtime when nobody is even home to take in the benefits.
You can also set the temperature down while you are asleep and simply pile on the blankets. To avoid discomfort in the morning, use the programmable thermostat to raise it back to the normal temperature by the time you wake up. Although the furnace will have to run more to reheat the house at the end, it will save you money compared to it running during that time period.
The filter in your furnace is crucial. It is the best defense between you and the potentially harmful elements that could be recirculating through your home. These can cause allergies, asthma, and other problems.
To eliminate these, it is crucial to change the filter often, at least every three months. This will keep your furnace running efficiently, and keep you from getting sick. You can check the filter more often than this to see how dirty it has gotten, and if it needs to be changed sooner.
During the winter, you may be tempted to keep the blinds shut to prevent heat from escaping, but this isn’t the best solution. Instead you can get more heat in your home by strategically opening the right blinds in your home. By opening the south windows, you will gain warmth from the sun during the day. Because of the way the sun is angled lower in the winter, solar heat will benefit you.
Make sure that your windows are properly sealed, and that no heat is escaping through any cracks. Get this checked before the temperature drops too low.
This winter you don’t need to waste too much money on your heating bill. Instead use other methods to make sure that your heating bill stays as low as possible through the season.
By +Cassie Costner
Cassie writes for Method Air, a Utah furnace repair company, on the ways to keep your furnace running this season. She has written on maintenance for your HVAC system as a whole, and how to keep the bills down for these appliances.