Save On Your Heating Bill
With the temperatures dropping, you may be wondering how to save on your heating bill over the next few months. Nobody wants to spend too much on their energy costs, especially with the holidays around the corner. Electrician Bill Williams has many years of experience with heating and electric. If you want to keep your home toasty warm without emptying your wallet this winter, then follow these simple tips.
You don’t need to crank up the heat when you’re not in the house or when you’re sleeping. But many of us forget to turn down the thermostat during these times. Programmable thermostats are very inexpensive and allow you to automate those temperature changes. Give it a try- you’ll notice a big difference in your heating bill.
Once a year, have your furnace or heat pump serviced by a professional. The money you spend on maintenance can save you much more down the line. Keeping your appliances in good working order will help keep those costly repairs to a minimum. And don’t forget to change your furnace filters regularly.
It may seem counterintuitive, but using your ceiling fans in colder weather can save you money. “Chances are, you’ve never thought about what direction your fan is spinning, but the blade’s rotation can actually help you save on your winter heating bill. Turn your ceiling fan on reverse to push warm air down towards you,” Says Bill.
It’s helpful to develop some daily habits that can make a big difference on your bills. Keeping your vents clear and closing curtains and doors can also help keep heating costs down.
It’s hard for your system to heat the room if you have a sofa pressed up against the vents. Make sure to keep all your vents clear when you have the heat running to ensure that air can circulate freely. Pull furniture away from walls and vacuum vents to keep them free of dust and dirt.
Though it can be helpful to keep the curtains open on sunny days, you should close them on overcast days and at night. Use heavy drapery in the winter to help insulate your room and keep the warm air inside.
Do you have rooms that you use infrequently? Then keep the doors to those rooms shut when not in use. Close the vents to those rooms as well. You can also increase the warmth of the room you are in by shutting the door. You might also want to consider using a safe space heater in your bedroom at night so you can keep the rest of the house cool.
Heating a Basement
Finished basements can add a significant amount of living space to a home. But most basements can be more than 10 degrees colder than the other floors of your home. If you’re planning to use your basement as functional space, then you need to consider how you’ll heat it during the colder months.
If you have a forced-air system to heat your home, then you may be able to extend the ductwork to heat your basement. Keep in mind that with this option, you will be heating the whole house, not just the basement. So if you turn up the heat when you’re downstairs for movie night on a cold winter evening, you’ll be turning up the heat in the whole house. While extending the ductwork can be one of the most obvious solutions, it isn’t necessarily the most energy efficient.
Another solution for heating your basement is to install hardwired baseboard heaters. This allows you to heat just the space you’re occupying, as each room in your basement can have its own heater. These heaters require you to hardwire them into the supply circuits. One downside is that they take up wall space so you won’t be able to put any furniture in front of them. But they can be individually controlled, which make them a great option for infrequently used basements.
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of hiring an electrician to install permanent baseboard heaters, then you can use plug-in models for your basement instead. You can move these units around to find the best places for them, but keep in mind that they do take up wall space like the hardwired units.
Space heaters are probably the easiest way to heat your basement in cold weather. They are inexpensive and can be plugged into the wall. There are many kinds of space heaters on the market today, and some are more energy-efficient than others. Never leave a space heater on when you are not in the room, as it can be a fire hazard.
If you have questions about heating or how to get in touch with an expert electrician before the winter weather, please give us a call today: (301) 785-5889.