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5 Ways to Reduce Energy Bills This Winter

Although snowfall in Houston is rare, the winter temperatures still dip low enough on average to cause many people to rely on their heater for the entirety of the season, which can result in sky-high energy bills. Don’t let high energy bills send a chill down your spine – check out our energy saving tips for winter.

Utilize Non-Furnace Heating Methods

You may find you’re able to avoid using your furnace during the day by simply opening your curtains and letting the sunshine do what it does best – heat up space. Then, when the sun sets, try and bundle up by wearing socks, sweaters and using extra blankets to keep warm. There could be some nights when you don’t need your heater at all.

Regular Maintenance and Upkeep

You will certainly need to use your furnace eventually. When the time arrives, you’ll be thankful if you’ve done some sort of regular maintenance on your heating system so you know it’s working at its most efficient. For peak performance, replace the air filters before you use the heater, make the sure the registers and vents are not blocked and clear debris from the exterior of the unit if it’s outdoors.

Find and Seal Leaks

Unseen leaks in your windows, doors, ductwork and other areas can prevent your home from fully warming up and cause your energy bills to soar higher than you’re expecting. Leaks around doors and windows can be plugged using weather-stripping and caulk, and you can easily add more insulation to areas like your attic hatch door to keep cold air from seeping in through your ceiling.

Use LED Holiday Lights

With winter fast approaching, many people will be showing their holiday cheer by hanging lights inside and out. If you’ll be partaking, you may want to invest in some light-emitting diode, or LED, holiday light strings. LED lights are much more energy-efficient and last longer than traditional bulbs, so they do wonders when it comes to saving money on replacement and electricity costs.

Portable Heaters

In some cases, you may be able to forgo using your furnace altogether by utilizing a portable heater instead. Gone are the days when you had to rely on a heavy, expensive space heater – you can now get a compact portable heater for less than $20 that is capable of adequately heating an entire bedroom. This might be a good option if you don’t wish to heat your entire house or if certain rooms get colder than others.

When it's Time to Upgrade

Making small changes around the house to save some money is never a bad idea. However, some things are best left to the professionals. Whether it’s having a regular maintenance check performed, or fixing a small issue before it becomes a larger problem, the expert technicians at AirCon Service Company have you covered this winter. Contact AirCon online or by calling (281) 823-8771 today!