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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 McHenry, most of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us cozy. This can have a large impact on your monthly bills, but there are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs.

  • Look at the weather stripping – Over time, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to find any drafts that have to be addressed.
  • Take advantage of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be valuable in keeping your home warm. Keep them open while the sun is still shining throughout 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 continually to see if it needs to be changed. We advocate at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat – It may seem like just a convenient way to make sure your home keeps warm, but programmable thermostats can also save you money! You can set 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 acceptable amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a useful tool to reduce the chances of heat escaping.
  • Book routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs to have checkups, too. Hiring professionals to clean and maintain your system will verify that your system is operating effectively and efficiently. They can also catch small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if left unchecked.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—despite your efforts to improve efficiency—it might be time to look for a replacement heating system. An expert at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can help you examine the performance of your HVAC system and walk through the selection of newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps lower the amount of money you are spending on your energy 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 insight on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry a call to begin. Contact our team at 815-410-1128 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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