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

Whether you like winter or desire the warmer months in Buellton, most of us make adjustments to be sure our home’s temperature keeps us cozy. This can have a huge impact on your utility costs, but there are steps you can take to bring monthly costs down.

  • Check weather stripping – As the years go on, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to pinpoint any drafts that have to be addressed.
  • Take advantage of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be valuable in keeping your space warm. Keep them open when the sun is shining during the day, and make sure to close them at night, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter continually to see if it should be changed. We advocate at least once every three months, but that period of time can vary from house to house.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home remains warm, but programmable thermostats can also help you reduce energy costs! You can set temperatures to be cooler when you are away from the home or sleeping. Using your heat more efficiently helps lower your bill.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have an acceptable amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a great tool to lower the chances of heat escaping.
  • Book routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs to have checkups, too. Hiring experts to clean and maintain your system will confirm that your system is running effectively and efficiently. They can also identify small issues that could end up as more expensive repairs if neglected.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If you notice your energy bills are continually increasing—even with your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to consider a replacement heating system. The team at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning can help you analyze the performance of your HVAC system and walk through your options for newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps reduce the amount of money you are having to spend on heating bills, but many of them can help your heating system work more efficiently. More efficient energy use also improves the health of your equipment, which means a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you would like routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide insight on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton a call to get started. You can reach us at 805-242-9638 or book an appointment with us online.

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