Heating bills can easily be a big expense and take a bite out of your budget, especially if it's an unexpectedly cold winter. And while we all want a nice, cozy home or office space, we don't necessarily want to pay extra money to have one if we don't need to. Luckily, there are many things you can do to save on your heating bill.
Atlantis Comfort Systems offers amazing residential and commercial heating and cooling systems in the great state of Rhode Island. We've been helping homeowners and business owners since 2009 have the perfect indoor air temperature to suit their needs. We offer ductwork, design build services, noise abatement, and heating and air for multi-family residential units. Our team has years of HVAC experience. Below, we'll offer up some great tips for saving on your heating bill. We offer free estimates, so give us a call today!
TIPS TO SAVE ON HEATING BILLS
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
When most new HVAC systems are installed in new home builds, programmable thermostats are usually included. However, if you have an older home, likely you have an older thermostat. Programmable thermostats are one of the best ways to save money on your heating bills. You can pick the exact temperature down to the degree that you'd like your home to be, and you can change that temperature throughout the day, depending on your needs, automatically without having to remember to do so. Now, you can even invest in smart thermostats that you can program from your phone. They also can read the temperature in different rooms and make adjustments accordingly. If you program your thermostat to a lower temperature while you're at work all day, gone on the weekends, or doing errands all day long, you'll notice a big savings in your heating bill.
Harness the Power of the Sun
The sun is responsible for all life here on earth. Without, we'd all be dead. Its energy is what enables plants to grow and the earth to not turn into a frozen ball of ice. Thus, if you open your windows during the day when the sun is shining, its heat will help warm your home. Keeping your trees and shrubs pruned so their branches and leaves don't block the sun is a prudent move as well. However, after the sun sets, Atlantis Comfort Systems wants to remind you to pull the curtains to cover the windows so that you can trap that warm air in instead of allowing it to escape.
Seal Up All Air Leaks
You would think that tiny holes would not make a difference, but they do — and in a big way. That's because air leaks work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you think about it, that's a lot of air that is moving out of your home constantly. Air leaks tend to hang out anywhere there is an opening to your home. This would be around your windows, doors, light fixtures, switches, outlets, and more. Look for grout that has fallen away or weather stripping that is missing. One sure fire way to test for air leaks is to use a candle. You take your candle and hold it up to an area you want to test and see if it flickers. This trick works, trust us!
Replace Your Filters
This is probably a tip you may be tired of hearing, but it's an important one in order to cut down on your home or office's heating bill. The job of air filters is to filter the air. That's a no-brainer. However, what many people forget is just how dirty the air around them can be. It is full of microscopic allergens, contaminants, and pollutants that your HVAC system loves to filter for you. However, if this filter becomes full of these small bits of dust and such, it can't efficiently get air through them, meaning it will have to work harder. Anytime your HVAC system has to work harder, dollars signs start scrolling. Thus, Atlantis Comfort Systems in Rhode Island recommends that you replace your filters at least every 3-6 months (closer to three if you have a pet).
Watch Your Vent Use
Fan vents are a wonderful invention. They help to reduce moisture in the air while you are showering, and they whisk away odors that no one wants to smell. They also help get rid of smoke while cooking. All of these functions make our homes pleasant. However, what can happen is that many people turn on these cool devices and then leave them on for a lot longer than they need to be. They leave the room and forget about the vents, leaving them running for hours. This can not only impact your electric bill, but it can also increase your heating bill. The reason for this is because fans don't discriminate in the air. They take the air out that you don't want and they take the air out that you do want. Thus, vent fans can remove a lot of heated air (and cooled air), which then is air you have to pay to re-heat. Atlantis Comfort Systems advises Rhode Island residents to be cognizant of their vent fan use during the cold winter months.
CHOOSE ATLANTIS COMFORT SYSTEMS TODAY
Atlantis Comfort Systems offers the best residential, commercial, and multi-family heating and cooling systems, including ductwork. We understand how important comfort is to your life, and no one likes a chilly home, not even your fur babies! We offer energy-efficient HVAC systems so you can help to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on energy bills as well. From Mitsubishi Electric to Carrier, we only carry the highest-quality air conditioners and heating systems so you can have peace of mind that your systems will not only operate with little repair needs, but that they will also last for years.
When it comes to comfort, we've got your needs covered. Call for HVAC services anywhere in Rhode Island today!