Winter is here and that means it’s time to start shelling out money to pay for your excessive heating bills.
Or is it?
With only a few small changes, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money in the process. Here are some of the things you can do today.
Check your fireplace for leaks or cracks
Many new houses nowadays don’t have a fireplace or chimney, but countless old homes do. If you’re one of those lucky few, your money might be flying right out of your chimney.
When winter rolls around, it’s important to repair and maintain your chimney. That means blocking any leaks and covering your fireplace when the fire is out.
Repair your furnace
Repairing your furnace or installing a new one can save you a bundle each winter. Of course, the necessary repairs and maintenance are a given.
Before winter bites back, get your furnace inspected by a heating and cooling professional. Your local HVAC company will be happy to repair any damage or give you the proper advice for buying a new furnace. Keep in mind furnaces that have an AFUE rating between 90 and 95% are known as “high efficiency” furnaces for the home.
Install a programmable thermostat
Upgrading your residential HVAC is one of the best things you can do for your home — and your wallet. New HVAC systems are far more energy efficient than their older counterparts, but one of the best aspects of upgrading your residential heating is installing a programmable thermostat.
If you have a set schedule, you simply enter the information into your thermostat and your residential heating takes care of itself. It lowers the temperature when you’re not home or sleeping so you don’t waste any heat. You can even program it to start heating up your home before you arrive so you enter a cozy, warm house.
When you want the best in residential heating and cooling, call the HVAC contractor you can trust; with River City Heating and Cooling, you never have to worry about your money escaping through the cracks. Call or visit our website at rivercityac.com today.