Ok, so you’ve definitely heard this one before, but hear us out because this is probably the easiest and most effective way to save on your bills. Over the years the average temperature of the American home has risen to a balmy 70 degrees. We know this feels super comfortable BUT we also know that a few degrees cooler with an extra layer on is totally doable and will make your wallet a lot happier. Try out around 65-68 degrees during the day (a good compromise between savings and comfort) and 60 degrees at night when you have those covers to keep you toasty. You might need to add an extra layer, but we both know you really rock that sweater, so what are you waiting for?
If you’re reading this and thinking “extra humidity?! Why would I want that?” Then do we have some information for you! Humid air actually holds on to heat more efficiently than dry air. Just like how extra humidity in the summer leads to some swelteringly high temps causing you to run the A/C unit 24/7, in the winter you actually want to increase the humidity. There is a balance to look out for though! Even in the winter too much humidity can lead to mold growth. So if your home is pretty dry try adding in a humidifier to help with your heating bill and as a bonus reduce some of that annoying static electricity!
There are all kinds of equipment problems that can end up having an impact on your heating bill. Dirty motors, sensors, or burners can result in reduced efficiency in your furnace, and over time can lead to furnace failure. And for heat pump users it’s a whole other list of problems that can lead to needing expensive repairs. The best way to avoid these issues altogether is to have a heating system inspection before you end up in the cold weather relying entirely on your system to keep warm.