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

Whether you like winter or prefer the warmer months in Ridgedale and the Branson area, most of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us comfortable. This can have a big impact on your utility costs, but there are steps you can take to bring monthly costs down.

  • Look at the 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 have to be addressed.
  • Take advantage of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be useful in keeping your home 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 regularly to see if it should be replaced. We recommend at least once every three months, but every household is different, so that can vary.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – They may seem like just a convenient way to make sure your home stays warm, but programmable thermostats can also save you money! You can arrange temperatures to be lower when you are away from the home or sleeping. It’s just one way to be more efficient and help with energy costs.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Look to see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a great tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Book 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 confirm that your system is operating effectively and efficiently. They can also detect small issues that could end up as more expensive repairs if neglected.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If it seems like your monthly heating costs are continually increasing—despite your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to look for a replacement heating system. An expert at Branson HVAC, LLC can help you analyze the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the choices for 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 operate more efficiently. More efficient energy use also improves the health of your equipment, which means a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you would like 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 Branson HVAC, LLC in Ridgedale and the Branson area a call to get started. Contact our team at 417-319-1779 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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