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

Whether you like winter or desire the warmer months in Menomonie and western Wisconsin, a lot of us make adjustments to be sure our home’s temperature keeps us content. This can have a large impact on your energy bills, but there are steps you can take to help lower those costs.

  • Check 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 need to be addressed.
  • Utilize your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be useful in keeping your house warm. Keep them open when the sun is shining during the day, and make sure to close them at the end of the day, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter regularly to see if it should be changed. We suggest at least once every three months, but every household is different, so that can vary.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats may seem like just a handy way to make sure your home remains warm, but programmable thermostats can also help you reduce energy costs! You can arrange temperatures to be on a lower setting when you are away from the home or sleeping. Being more mindful of efficiency will help with heating costs.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a great tool to reduce the chances of heat escaping.
  • Schedule routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system will benefit from having a professional look at it, too. Hiring qualified technicians to clean and maintain your system will confirm that your system is running effectively and efficiently. They can also catch small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if ignored.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If it seems like your monthly heating costs are continually increasing—even with your efforts to improve efficiency—it might be time to purchase a replacement heating system. The team at Halverson Brothers Inc can help you review the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the selection of newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps decrease the amount of money you are putting toward your energy costs, but many of them can help your heating system work more efficiently. More efficient energy use also improves the health of your equipment, which means your heating system will have a longer life.

If you need routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide more tips on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Halverson Brothers Inc in Menomonie and western Wisconsin a call to start down the right path. Contact our team at 715-352-4052 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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