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

Heating

Whether you enjoy winter or desire the warmer months in Hattiesburg, a lot of us make adjustments to ensure our home’s temperature keeps us comfortable. This can have a big impact on your monthly bills, but there are steps you can take to bring monthly costs down.

  • 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 need to be addressed.
  • Make use of your blinds – If your windows have blinds, they can be useful 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 needs to be changed. We advocate at least once every three months, but every household is different, so that can vary.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat – It may seem like just a handy way to make sure your home keeps warm, but programmable thermostats can also help you reduce energy costs! You can set temperatures to be cooler when you are away from the home or sleeping. Using your heat more efficiently helps lower your bill.
  • Add insulation to your attic – Check to see if you have a sufficient amount of insulation. Because heat rises, insulation in your attic is a useful tool to reduce 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 qualified technicians to clean and maintain your system will give you piece of mind that your system is working effectively and efficiently. They can also identify small issues that could end up as more pricey repairs if neglected.
  • Assess your HVAC system – If your utility bills are continually increasing—even with your efforts to enhance efficiency—it might be time to consider a replacement heating system. The team at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can help you review the performance of your HVAC system and walk through your options for newer, more efficient models.

Not only will these steps lower the amount of money you are having to spend on heating bills, but many of them can help your heating system operate more efficiently. More efficient energy use also supports the health of your equipment, which means a longer life for your HVAC system.

If you are considering 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg a call to begin. Give us a shout at 601-292-9763 or book an appointment with us online.

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