It’s been a cold, snowy winter here in Elgin and South Elgin. As your furnace works to heat your home, you’ve probably been seeing a rise in your energy bills. In this post, we’ll review some ways to save money on your heating costs this winter.
From making your heat go farther to improving your energy efficiency for next season, our tips will help lower your energy bills.
Reducing your heating costs this winter
A cold, snowy winter means that your furnace is in near-constant use trying to keep your home warm. That adds up to higher energy bills in the winter months, which put stress on your family’s budget and finances.
#1. Keep your home at a lower, but consistent temperature
Here’s a mistake that many people make in the winter. They’ll go to work for the day, and—as such—they’ll either turn their furnace temperature way down, or turn it off completely. After all, it’s warming up at least somewhat during the day, so there’s a lower risk of pipes freezing. Can’t the house just coast while there’s no one in it?
However, when the homeowner returns, their home is likely an icebox. They’ll flip on the heat to return the home to a comfortable temperature.
This act of having to heat the entire house again, however, costs far more than it would have for the system to have maintained the home at a comfortable temperature throughout the day.
If your really want to save, consider using a programmable thermostat to set the temperature to go down just a few degrees while you’re gone. Or, lower the temperature you keep your home at regularly by one or two degrees.
#2. Regularly change or clean your air filter
A dirty air filter not only has a negative impact on your indoor air quality, but can reduce your system’s energy-efficiency. That’s because an air filter choked with dust, dirt, and grime blocks heated air from being distributed into your home.
Not sure what kind of air filter you have, or how to replace it? Contact JNJ, and we’ll send out a tech to help you replace or clean your air filter.
#3. Call JNJ for heating repair
If you’ve seen a dramatic jump in your monthly energy costs, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your system. Call JNJ for 24/7 furnace repair, right here in Elgin and South Elgin.
Our NATE-certified technicians will diagnose your system and find the problem, getting your system back to working efficiently again.
#4. Next season, schedule heating service
One of the best ways to improve your furnace’s energy-efficiency actually comes before winter. Schedule a seasonal heating tune-up in the fall, and you’ll see the savings throughout the winter.
By having an experienced technician thoroughly inspect your furnace, they can not only catch problems that reduce efficiency, but they can also lubricate moving parts and remove dust that keeps your furnace from working as great as it should be.
#5. Have JNJ install a new furnace in your home
If your current furnace is getting up there in age, it might be a good idea to have JNJ install a new one in your home, either now or next fall. Newer furnace models are far more energy-efficient than their predecessors, and save you money while providing you with better, more consistent heating.
JNJ is proud to install top-line Bryant furnaces. Give us a call to schedule your free in-home estimate.
Saving money is only a call away
By getting more heating out of your furnace for less, you can lower your monthly energy bills, saving money. To see how JNJ can help you, contact our team today.