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5 Ways to Drive Down the Cost of Home Heating

Woman adjusting the thermostat

The cold Michigan winter isn’t quite over yet. There are still a few weeks left to go, and with gas prices high, people need some strategies to drive down the cost of home heating. The good news is there are some simple steps people can take to make their heating bill a little more efficient.

Here they are:

Replace the Filters

Replacing the furnace filters often gets talked about when we’re discussing ways to make the indoor winter air a little cleaner, but it’s more than just that. When the filters clog up, that material can force your HVAC unit to work a little harder and increase output. You can prevent this quite easily by making sure the filter stays clean.

Turn Down the Thermostat Just a Few Degrees

We know, it’s not what you want to hear. But you can stay comfortable at around 68 degrees as opposed to 70. Just a few degrees can result in roughly a 5 percent reduction in your gas bill. You may need to switch to wearing long sleeve shirts and throw on a blanket while you watch TV at the end of the night, but it’s an easy way to put a dent in the heating bill.

A woman turning down the thermostat while her husband looks on from the other room
Pregnant Couple With Woman With Prosthetic Arm Turning Down Heating Control In Kitchen Together

Take Advantage of Natural Sunlight

Simply opening the blinds can do a lot to warm up a room on a sunny day. When the sun sets and the temperatures plummet further, you’ll want to close those drapes back up so that the room retains the heat. This is good for the bright clear days but won’t work as well on the cloudy and dreary days.

Check the Attic Insulation

At the bare minimum, attics should have about 11 inches of insulation. Anything short of that, and you may be losing heat out the upper levels of your home. You’ll also want to seal up any cracks that may have emerged in the attic floor as well.

Close the Vents You Don’t Use

If there are rooms in your home that you don’t often use, there’s no sense in keeping them warm. You can close the vents in unused or rarely used rooms so that you’re not unnecessarily heating that part of the home. This way the heat would get redirected to the parts of your home that you are using to create a more efficient system.

Keep Up with Routine HVAC Maintenance

If you haven’t kept up with the routine maintenance on your HVAC system, it may be running harder than it needs to be. It’s time to get back on track. With a regular routine, you can keep things running as smooth and efficient as possible, and save money on your utility bills in the long run.

If your furnace hasn’t been operating as efficiently for a long time, it may be time to replace it to drive down heating costs in the long run. If you have questions or would like to talk with us about your furnace or HVAC system, contact us today!

The Benefits of Having a Smart Thermostat

Daikin One Smart Thermostat

Having a smart thermostat in your home comes with many advantages. These devices don’t just control your heating and cooling the way your smartphone doesn’t just make phone calls. They’re equipped with WiFi, voice assistants, and other technologies to help you more easily achieve maximum comfort.

These features can benefit homeowners in different ways. Below are some of the benefits of having a smart thermostat installed in your home.

Monitor Energy Use

A smart thermostat with WiFi capabilities can track energy usage in real-time. You can also create profiles that allow you to understand this data and how it will affect your utility costs in the future, as well as how adjusting your heating or cooling might affect your budget.

Control Your Heating and Cooling Remotely

Let’s say you took a little winter trip somewhere down south, and you’re driving back to your Ann Arbor home (Good for you for escaping the cold!). When you left for the week, you probably turned the heat down to save a little money since no one would be there. When you get within a half hour or so of your home you could turn the heat up so that upon arrival your home is at a more hospitable temperature and comfort level for you and your family.    

This benefit could also come into play if you own more than one property. You could monitor the temperatures of rental homes or second properties from the comfort of your primary residence. With this benefit, it becomes easier to tell if your HVAC is working the way it should be.

Daikin One Smart Thermostat

Adjust Your Heating and Cooling to Your Schedule

In the middle of winter, it helps to have your heat running in the evenings when everyone is home. Maybe it doesn’t need to be as high while everyone is sleeping underneath the blankets. And what about during the day when the house is empty? All of this can be set to a schedule within the smart thermostat application. The thermostat can automatically go up or down in alignment with your routine.

Easy Installation

Many people put off having a smart thermostat because they assume it won’t be easy to install. You can remove your current thermostat cover to examine what’s there. If you see wires marked C, R, W, Rc, or Rh, you should have what’s needed for a smart thermostat, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.

At that point, it’s a matter of cutting power to the old thermostat and removing it. You can connect the wires to your new thermostat, and put the face plate on, and then finish any programming steps from the manufacturer.

Talk to The Ann Arbor HVAC Specialists You Can Trust!

You don’t have to keep using your dated thermostat. Haley Mechanical can help you with your smart thermostat needs. We carry the iComfort S30, which automatically turns on the fan to clean the air in your home when the air quality and pollen levels dictate it. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help!

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Make no payments until 2023 and pay as little as $132 a month when you finance a new Lennox system. Talk to a comfort advisor today!