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Tips to Save Energy and Money During the Cold Season

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

It doesn’t often make sense to pay to replace something that is working—unless it can save you money. Programmable thermostats or a smart thermostat, like the Nest Thermostat, can save money by helping reduce your heating costs throughout the year. Whether you’re asleep, on the way to work, or playing with the kids out in the snow, upgrading your thermostat can help keep your home’s heating schedule in control while saving you as much as 10 percent to 12 percent on your annual heating bills.

Give Your Heating System A Winter Tune-Up

Don’t wait until freezing temperatures hit to make sure your heating system is working properly. Make sure your heating system prepared to weather the winter. Have a professional for Fall HVAC maintenance check your heating system and ensure it’s in ready to work before those temps drop and you turn it on. Regularly servicing your heating system helps you catch problems before expensive breakdowns happen. Regular service also prolongs your heating system’s life and keeps it running more energy and cost efficiently.

Invest in a New Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your existing system is over 10 years old, it’s time to start considering new furnace installation and upgrading to a newer HVAC system. Furnaces built today are as much as 15 percent more efficient and can produce the same, if not more heat, than older models.

Insulate Your Windows

You probably won’t need to open your windows until spring, so give the glass extra insulating power with storm windows. A less costly alternative is to cover your windows and sliding glass doors with clear plastic film. Installation is easy, and the pocket of air helps to insulate against the cold. Rest assured that insulating window film won’t harm your trim and is easy to remove come spring.

Air Filter Replacement/Checkup

It is necessary to change or clean all of your unit’s filters regularly. If you want to improve your performance, make sure you inspect and clean or change your air filters at least once a month. Because the system may be overworked during the cold season, this procedure might be repeated more regularly.

A dirty furnace and air conditioning filter can cause a number of issues, including an inability to heat or cool your home to the desired temperature. Filter adjustments during the winter keep your HVAC system running well all year.