During the winter season in Plano, Texas, the cool temperatures tend to drive up monthly utility bills. By making a few minor changes around your home, you can lower costs without sacrificing comfort.

Adjust the Thermostat at Night

When you’re snuggled up under the covers, you probably don’t need the furnace blasting all night long. If you can lower the thermostat temperature by about 10 to 15 degrees from the time you go to bed to the time you wake up, you can save up to 10 percent per year on your bills. On chilly nights, opt for flannel sheets and a heavier comforter to stay warm. 

Furnace Maintenance

Keeping up with regular furnace maintenance will improve efficiency, which means it takes less energy to heat your home. As a result, your bills will be lower every month. Change the filters at least every month or two and bring in an HVAC technician to perform a heating system tuneup before the temperature dips too low. During your tuneup, the technician will do an assessment of the system to make sure all components are functioning properly. If there are any concerning signs of wear or breakdown, they can perform a repair before the problem gets worse.

Improve Insulation

Poorly insulated homes account for thousands of dollars in energy loss every year throughout the country. If your home isn’t properly insulated, the heated air from your furnace can escape through gaps and cracks, while cold air comes in from the outside.

Start by replacing cracked and damaged weatherstripping around the doors and windows. You can also keep windows covered and doors closed when it’s cold outside to prevent heat loss. On sunny days, keep the windows that face south uncovered to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. 

With a few changes to your habits, you can easily reduce heating bills during the winter months. If these tips aren’t helping and your heating and cooling bills are still high, call Samm’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (214) 251-4438 for a furnace inspection.

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