Winter in the Bowling Green, Toledo, and Perrysburg, Ohio area can be brutal—which means homeowners often run their heat for longer periods of time. There are several things you can do to save money on your heating bills this winter, like putting on more clothes and adding blankets to the bed, but what about things you can do with your heating system to optimize its efficiency? Below are a few tips from the experts at Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating.
For more information on how to save on your heating bills, contact Kellermeier at 419-823-9143.
Follow These Tips to Lower Utility Bills
Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees, or lower if you still feel comfortable. For every degree you lower your heat (in the 60 to 70 degree range). You can save up to five percent on your heating costs. During the day when no one is home, you set your thermostat a little lower. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to automatically change temperatures during the day when no one is home.
Clean or change your unit’s air filter. When your home’s air filter is dirty, it can restrict the airflow to and from your unit and increase the amount of energy needed to operate your heating system.
Have your furnace inspected and tuned-up. Keeping your furnace clean and properly lubricated will reduce the amount of energy it uses to perform its daily functions. Having your furnace or heating system tuned up can save you up to 5 percent on your heating costs. Proper maintenance on your furnace is very important!
Lower the temperature on your hot water heater. Your water heater should be set to the “normal” setting or set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Double check with your dishwasher manufacturer to make sure your dishwasher doesn’t require other settings. Lowering the temperature of your water can save you between seven and eleven percent on your water heating costs.
Seal all air leaks. Cold air can leak into your home through several ways including, windows, electrical outlets, doors, and cracks in the wall and floor. Check your home for air leaks and then take measures to make sure you seal all leaks. Check underneath sinks and in closets where pipes are visible. Caulk works the best for small gaps, but we recommend hiring professionals if you are unsure how to seal your home from air leaks.
Replace your old faulty furnace. Older furnaces are not very energy-efficient and can waste a lot of money each winter. Consider replacing your furnace with a newer, energy-efficient model. The experts at Kellermeier can recommend a unit that is the right size and load for your home.
Free Estimate on Furnace Replacement
If you live in the Bowling Green, Toledo, Perrysburg, or Findlay, Ohio areas, contact Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating today to receive a free quote for furnace replacement. Our heating experts can recommend a new energy-efficient unit for your home and help you seal your home to make sure you are getting the most from your unit.