Homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area may be looking for ways to stay warm this winter without spending a fortune on heating costs. If your heating bill was higher last winter than you liked, you may want to consider having one of our heating repair professionals come take a look at your system to ensure everything is in good working order. However, there are a few things you can do yourself to help reduce your heating costs this season.
Consider some of the automated technologies available today. Unlike a decade ago, you don’t have to heat all of the rooms of your home using one central thermostat. In addition, programmable thermostats make it easy to control temperatures when you’re not at home, or while sleeping at night. If you have an iPhone or other mobile device, you may be able to control your thermostat remotely as well. Check into these automated technologies for money savings!
Space heaters may be a good option. By using space heaters in the rooms you use most often, you can cut down on heating costs because you can dial back the thermostat a few degrees, and still stay warm.
Turn the thermostat down a degree or two. If you normally set the thermostat on 72 degree during winter months, try dialing it back to 70 degrees. You won’t notice a huge difference in the comfort level, however you will notice a difference in your heating costs. Adding humidity to the air will also make it feel warmer as moist air feels warmer to the skin than dry air, so a humidifier may help as well.
Stop heat loss as much as possible. Heat escapes through gaps or cracks around windows, doors, and window air conditioning units. Use caulk or weather stripping to prevent heat loss, and consider opening up your drapes during daytime hours to allow the sun to heat up your home. Close them at night to help prevent heat loss.
Today, having an efficient heating system is essential to avoid huge utility costs. If you need your system checked out or believe it may be time for a new one, call the San Francisco heating installation experts at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning! We’re here to answer any questions you may have as well.