Six Ways to Freeze Chilling Heating Bills

Six Ways to Freeze Chilling Heating Bills

(NewsUSA)- As the temperature outside dips, energy bills can rise. And while fluctuating energy prices and weather changes can have a negative impact on energy bills, there are a number of steps homeowners can take to keep their energy bills low while keeping their homes warm.
The following are tips from Carrier, a global heating, ventilation and cooling expert, to help lower your energy bills:
- Keep equipment in top operating order. Keeping equipment serviced and maintained annually will ensure that it is operating at peak efficiency. Keep a record of past inspections and service. Records will give technicians valuable information that can help them properly service equipment.
- Change air filters monthly. Dirty air filters cause many system malfunctions and unnecessary service calls. Change or clean your air filter monthly or as instructed by the manufacturer.
- Add a humidifier. Moist air feels warmer than dry air, allowing you to keep the thermostat at a lower setting. Intelligent systems today can automatically control the humidity in a room.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Why waste heat when you are not at home? With a programmable thermostat, you can program your home's temperature to cool down when you are not home, but warm up before you arrive. Newer models, like the Edge thermostat by Carrier, can be programmed to control both heat and humidity.
- Consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient furnace. If your home's system is more than seven years old, it may be a better fiscal choice to upgrade to a new system. Some furnaces can help you save up to 40 percent on annual heating and cooling costs.
- Seal your home. Even the most energy-efficient equipment cannot prevent the efficiency lost when cold air seeps into your home. Caulk and seal around any drafty areas surrounding doors, windows or other entry areas.
For more ideas on how to save money and stay comfortable all season long, visit www.carrier.com.