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

Whether you appreciate winter or prefer the warmer months in Kearney, a lot of us make adjustments to make sure our home’s temperature keeps us cozy. This can have a huge impact on your energy bills, but there are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs.

  • Assess the weather stripping – After many years, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to identify any drafts that need to be addressed.
  • Make use of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be useful in keeping your home warm. Keep them open while the sun is still shining throughout the day, and make sure to close them at night, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter regularly to see if it must be replaced. We advocate at least once every three months, but that period of time can vary from house to house.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat – It may seem like just a convenient way to make sure your home stays warm, but programmable thermostats can also help you reduce energy costs! You can fix temperatures to be on a lower setting when you are away from the home or sleeping. Being more mindful of efficiency will help with heating costs.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a great tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Call for routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system will benefit from having a professional look at it, too. Hiring experts to clean and maintain your system will give you piece of mind that your system is working effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more expensive repairs if ignored.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—despite your efforts to improve efficiency—it might be time to purchase a replacement heating system. The professionals at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can help you review the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the selection of newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps reduce the amount of money you are spending on your energy bills, but many of them can help your heating system work more efficiently. More efficient energy use also supports the health of your equipment, which means your system will last longer.

If you need routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide insight on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney a call to get started. You can reach us at 308-624-3485 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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