Ways to Save on Heating This Winter
Get ready, Atlanta! Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to check out your furnaces and baseboard units to make sure they’re running safely and efficiently. With a few simple steps, you can ensure that your system is operating smoothly and save on heating your home.
Clean the Filter
The easiest and most basic step you can take is to change or clean the filter in your furnace. Many furnaces use simple disposable filters that should be changed monthly during heating season. More sophisticated air-exchanging or filtering units have cleaners that you will need to remove, clean and replace. Either way, whether you are replacing or cleaning your furnace filter, doing so on a regular basis will keep your heat operating at its peak capacity and, at the same time, allow you to save on heating costs.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Once winter arrives, keep your thermostat at a steady temperature. Keeping it a little lower - 68°F is the U.S. Department of Energy’s recommended daytime winter setting - will help you conserve energy and save on heating. A programmable thermostat can help your home be even more efficient. These thermostats allow you to program temperature settings based on when you’re home vs. away. For example, you can program the thermostat to go down several degrees when you’re at work during the day. You can then set it to go up a few degrees shortly before you get home in the evening.
Your best bet for ensuring that your home is ready for the winter heating season is to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your system before the cold weather really sets in. Call the pros at Casteel. They will thoroughly inspect your home and suggest any improvements or upgrades that should be made. You can also ask about an annual maintenance package so you won’t ever have to worry about being prepared for winter again.