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What can I do during winter months to lower my energy bills?

Whether you appreciate winter or favor the warmer months in Irvine, most of us make adjustments to make sure our home’s temperature keeps us comfortable. This can have a large impact on your energy bills, but there are steps you can take to help lower those costs.

  • Assess the weather stripping – Over time, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to identify any drafts that have to be addressed.
  • Utilize your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be useful in keeping your home warm. Keep them open when the sun is shining during the day, and make sure to close them at the end of the day, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter routinely to see if it should be replaced. We recommend at least once every three months, but every household is different, so that can vary.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home keeps warm, but programmable thermostats can also save you money! You can fix temperatures to be cooler when you are away from the home or sleeping. Being more mindful of efficiency will help with heating costs.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have a sufficient amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a useful tool to reduce the chances of heat escaping.
  • Call for routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs a little attention, too. Hiring professionals to clean and maintain your system will give you piece of mind that your system is operating effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if ignored.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If it seems like your monthly heating costs are continually increasing—even with your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to look for a replacement heating system. An expert at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning can help you analyze the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the selection of newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps decrease the amount of money you are putting toward your energy costs, but many of them can help your heating system work more efficiently. More efficient energy use also supports the health of your equipment, which means a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you need routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide additional information on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give True Home Heating and Air Conditioning in Irvine a call to start down the right path. Give us a shout at 949-258-7259 or book an appointment with us online.

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