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

Whether you enjoy winter or desire the warmer months in York, a lot of us make adjustments to be sure our home’s temperature keeps us content. This can have a big impact on your utility costs, but there are steps you can take to reduce those energy costs.

  • Assess the weather stripping – After many years, the seals around your windows and doors can crack or become weathered. Walk around your home to identify any drafts that have to be addressed.
  • Take advantage of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be useful in keeping your house 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 routinely to see if it should be changed. We advocate at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – Programmable thermostats may seem like just a simple way to make sure your home keeps 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 – Take a look and see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a useful tool to decrease the chances of heat escaping.
  • Schedule 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 verify that your system is working effectively and efficiently. They can also identify small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if ignored.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—even with your efforts to improve efficiency—it might be time to consider a replacement heating system. An expert at Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning can help you analyze the performance of your HVAC system and walk through your options for newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps reduce the amount of money you are having to spend on heating bills, but many of them can help your heating system run 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 Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning in York a call to start down the right path. Give us a shout at 717-383-4479 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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