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

Whether you like winter or favor the warmer months in Marshalltown, most of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us cozy. This can have a big impact on your utility costs, but there are steps you can take to bring monthly costs down.

  • Assess the 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.
  • Make use of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be valuable in keeping your home warm. Keep them open when the sun is shining during the day, and make sure to close them at nighttime, so the warmer air doesn’t escape.
  • Change your filter – Check your filter routinely to see if it must be changed. We recommend at least once every three months, but time between replacement can vary among households.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – They may seem like just a handy way to make sure your home remains warm, but programmable thermostats can also save money on your heating bill! 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 – Take a look and see if you have an adequate amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a powerful tool to lower the chances of heat escaping.
  • Call for routine maintenance – Just like we visit the doctor to get checkups, your heating system needs to have checkups, too. Hiring experts to clean and maintain your system will give you piece of mind that your system is running effectively and efficiently. They can also detect 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 enhance efficiency—it might be time to purchase a replacement heating system. An expert at Kapaun & Brown Inc. can help you analyze 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 work more efficiently. More efficient energy use also supports the health of your equipment, which means your heating system will have a longer life.

If you would like routine maintenance on your heating system or would like an expert to provide additional information on reducing energy costs—we’ve got you covered. Give Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown a call to start down the right path. You can reach us at 641-753-3563 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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