Over the years, the cost to heat and cool a home has risen dramatically. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure your home stays cool in the summer and toasty in the winter while saving money on your utility bills.
Maintain Your Systems
The first step to reducing your anxiety level when your power bill comes in the mail is to keep a maintenance program on your heating and cooling systems. Many HVAC companies offer a maintenance program for heating and cooling in Philadelphia, and the good news is these programs are quite affordable. Keeping your system well-maintained will ensure it is running as efficiently as possible.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can be set up to automatically change temperature throughout the day as the climate outside changes. This will help to prevent someone in the home from drastically changing the settings when they are hot or cold, and it will maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the day. It is also a good idea to consider the thermostat settings during extended periods when there is no one home.
Change Your Filters
A dirty or clogged filter will prevent cool and warm air from your heating and cooling system from reaching important areas of your home. The dirt from those filters can even blow into the home making the air quality poor. Check all filters once a month and change them every six months to allow for free-flowing, clean air. Your air and heater service in Philadelphia can do this for you as part of a maintenance program.
Control Heat Naturally
In the winter months, open the blinds and curtains to allow heat from the sun to come in. For the summer months, it is a good idea to keep blinds and curtains closed during the warmest parts of the day to block the heat from coming in. This will prevent your heating and cooling system from working too hard to cool a home in the summer, and it will help the home heat more efficiently in the winter.
If you are frustrated with paying enormous heating and cooling bills every month, these are a few simple solutions any homeowner can easily do to help lower your bills and still maintain a comfortable home.
Heating and Cooling: Top 5 Energy Saving (and Bill Cutting) Tips, popularmechanics.com
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