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

December 21, 2018

Whether you enjoy winter or desire the warmer months in Rapid City, most of us make adjustments to make sure our home’s temperature keeps us content. This can have a huge impact on your energy bills, but there are steps you can take to bring monthly costs down.

  • Check weather stripping – After many years, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to pinpoint any drafts that need 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 routinely to see if it needs to be changed. We suggest at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat – They may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home remains warm, but programmable thermostats can also save money on your heating bill! 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 – Take a look and see if you have an acceptable amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a great tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Schedule routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs a little attention, too. Hiring qualified technicians to clean and maintain your system will verify that your system is operating effectively and efficiently. They can also catch small issues that could end up as more costly repairs if ignored.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If it seems like your monthly heating costs are continually increasing—even with your efforts to improve efficiency—it might be time to consider a replacement heating system. The team at Precision Mechanical can help you analyze the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the selection of newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps decrease 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 maintains the health of your equipment, which means a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you need routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide additional information on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Precision Mechanical in Rapid City a call to get started. Contact our team at 605-206-3766 or schedule an appointment with us online.