It’s that time of the year again — time to make a list and check it twice. And for those of us in New Jersey, it’s probably time to crank up the furnace. As temperatures drop and holiday to-buy lists pile up, many of us are searching for ways to cut costs this season.
Check out our list of ways to help you keep heating costs from eating away your hard-earned cash this season.
4 Ways To Save on Heating Costs
1. Turn Down Your Thermostat
Of course, we don’t want you to be sitting on your couch shivering this winter, but turning the thermostat down even a few degrees can save significant amounts of money on heating bills.
Bundle up in a cozy sweater and fluffy slippers, and you won’t even notice the difference. When you are away from the house (like during the day when you go to work), turn the thermostat down even lower. Don’t turn the heater all the way off though, because turning it on and off frequently uses more energy than just keeping it at a low setting, and thus will cost you more in the long run.
2. Turn Down Your Water Heater
Most water heaters are set by default to heat water to 140 degrees in order to prevent the growth of germs and bacteria. However, you can safely turn your water heater down to 120 degrees and still control unwanted germs and bacteria. This simple change can make a big impact on your budget because water heaters account for some of the highest energy expenses in most homes.
3. Try Zoned Heating
If we had to guess, you are most likely not spending significant amounts of time in every room of your house or apartment every day, which is why zoned heating is so popular for homeowners these days.
Keep the thermostat set to a low temperature, and use a small space heater to heat the room that you are in. Make sure to keep doors, blinds, and curtains shut throughout the house to keep heat from escaping.
4. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
This tip is based on the simple science concept that warm air rises. By reversing your ceiling fan to turn clockwise (at a low speed), it pulls the cold air up and forces warm air that hanging out up near the ceiling back down towards you. This could allow you to decrease your dependence on the furnace or other heating devices. Most fans have a small switch that makes reversing their direction very easily.
These simple actions may seem small, but when used together and with consistency they can add up to some serious money saved.
New Jersey Heater Repairs
Throughout the lifetime of your heater, you will likely require central heating repair services at some point. There are many issues that often crop up, causing homeowners to call for professional repair.
- Dirty or clogged air filters.
- Loss of heating or cooling power from a malfunctioning thermostat.
- Mechanical issues such as broken fans or belts.
- Corroded wiring or other electrical problems.
- Airflow problems and overheating from various malfunctioning components.
When you need fast and reliable heating repair service, Harris Plumbing, Heating, Air, & Electric is here to get the job done. Our HVAC technicians are on-call 24/7 in case of an emergency and we are backed by over 30 years of heating experience so you know you’re working with a knowledgeable heater repair company.