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Lower Your Winter Heating Costs

Cooler temps outside may have you raising the thermostat inside, but these tips will help you lower your winter heating costs.

  • Home heating makes up more than half of a typical customer’s monthly gas bill. Lowering the thermostat three to five degrees (and in temperate climates turning it off when not at home) may help save up to 30% on winter heating costs.
  • Check your furnace filters every month during the heating season and clean or replace the filter when necessary. When installing a new or cleaned filter, be sure to re-install the front panel door of the furnace properly so it fits snugly.
  • Never operate the furnace without the front-panel door properly in place because doing so may create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t block heating outlets or return registers with furniture or other objects.
  • Repair cracks or broken seams in forced-air heating ducts.
  • Install or upgrade your attic insulation
  • CaLower Winter Heating Costs - Seal air leaks around windowsulk and weather-strip drafty windows and doors. If the weather is already too cold for this, try to catch a mild day and take care of this task. You’ll be amazed at what you can save on your winter heating costs by replacing old caulk and adding weather-stripping to windows and doors.
  • Open your drapes or blinds during the day and let the sun help warm the home. Close your drapes or blinds at night to keep the warmth inside.
  • Consider adding another blanket or two at night to stay warm instead of cranking up the heat to stay warm. It’s much more cost effective to add a blanket than it is to turn up the thermostat.
  • Choose a higher efficiency model when shopping for a new furnace or heat pump.
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If your present heating system is over 10 years old, it may be time to consider replacing the old unit with a high efficiency one. Today’s heating and cooling equipment is often 50 to 75 percent more efficient than a 10 year old unit. Call Brown and Reaves Services today for an estimate on replacing your current heating unit. 843-497-9867.

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