Climate change has made our winters very unpredictable in recent years, so it’s not a stretch to understand why heating costs have gone through the roof. If you are concerned with keeping your heating costs low in the winter, we’ve got some great tips for you!
While Las Vegas isn’t known for its harsh winters, anyone who lives here knows – the desert gets pretty darn cold at night. Even daytime temperatures can hover in the 40s and 50s, and you don’t want to be stuck without the warmth and comfort you need when the mercury starts to drop.
#1 – Invest in warm socks and sweaters
Putting on an extra layer takes the chill out of the air, and when your feet are warm, you might not have to crank the thermostat so drastically. Heat yourself first, then deal with the rest of the house. Once you’re toasty warm, you might not even need to crank up the thermostat!
#2 – Only heat the rooms you use
If you have spare rooms that nobody uses, close the air vents inside those spaces and close the doors, so you’re not heating empty space.
#3 – Program your smart thermostat to keep heating costs low
Programming your thermostat is a great way to make your home comfort more efficient and economical. Set the temperature a few degrees lower when you’re not at home or at night while you’re sleeping. Raise it when you know you’ll be there. Done right, this approach can save you up to 15 percent on your energy bills.
#4 – Turn your water heater down
A lot of people have their water heater set to 140˚, but lowering it to 120˚ will still give you the hot water temperature you need without sacrificing your comfort.
#5 – Invest in a tankless water heater
Tankless water heaters heat your water on demand. You won’t have to hold and maintain the temperature of a tankful of hot water, and you’ll also gain space back that it’s currently taking up.
#6 – Insulate and seal your home to control heating costs
Cold air can enter your home through cracks around your windows and doors, through hood fans and ventilation systems. Seal up windows with new caulking and install weather-stripping around your door. Get a draft blocker for the bottom of your door.
#7 – Maintain your heating system
One of the best ways to be sure your heating system is running at peak efficiency is to schedule seasonal maintenance in the spring and fall. A technician will inspect your system, replace the filters, and make sure everything is working as it should. When your heating system is well-maintained, your heating bills won’t skyrocket.
#8 – Open your blinds and curtains during the day and shut them at night
Take advantage of the desert sunshine during the day. Throw those curtains wide open and let the sunshine in! In the evening, close everything up so you can keep the heat inside where it belongs.
Is your heating system giving you the comfort and joy you deserve? If not, maybe it’s time for a little TLC from AC Plus.