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What can I do during winter months to lower my energy bills?

Whether you enjoy winter or desire the warmer months in Columbia, most of us make adjustments to be sure our home’s temperature keeps us cozy. This can have a big impact on your monthly bills, but there are steps you can take to help lower those costs.

  • Look at the weather stripping – Over time, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to find any drafts that need to be addressed.
  • Take advantage of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be helpful in keeping your space warm. Keep them open when the sun is shining during the day, and make sure to close them at the end of the day, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter regularly to see if it needs to be switched out. We recommend at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat – It may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home remains warm, but programmable thermostats can also help you reduce energy costs! You can arrange temperatures to be on a lower setting when you are away from the home or sleeping. Using your heat more efficiently helps lower your bill.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a great tool to reduce the chances of heat escaping.
  • Call for routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system will benefit from having a professional look at it, too. Hiring professionals to clean and maintain your system will verify that your system is operating effectively and efficiently. They can also catch small issues that could end up as more costly repairs if left unchecked.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—even with your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to look for a replacement heating system. An expert at Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning can help you analyze the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the choices for newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps reduce the amount of money you are spending on your energy bills, but many of them can help your heating system run more efficiently. More efficient energy use also maintains the health of your equipment, which means a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you need routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide more tips on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning in Columbia a call to begin. Contact our team at 601-736-7362 or book an appointment with us online.

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