Worried about how the winter season will affect your wallet? Don’t be! While the colder months can be brutal on the unprepared homeowner, there are plenty of ways to avoid shelling out extra money to keep cozy. Our HVAC professionals have put together this guide to reduce HVAC costs without hibernating through the winter. Read on, and keep to your budget this season.

The Freebies

Not everything has to cost an arm and a leg in order for you to get results. These tips are focused on simple, stress-free solutions that can help you save a bundle:

  • Adjust your thermostat accordingly. We recently spoke a bit on ideal thermostat settings, and this ties in pretty well here. By finding that “just right” temperature that you can feel comfortable enough with (maybe with the help of throw blanket) you can minimize the amount of energy your furnace has to expend in order to keep you comfortable.
  • Harness the power of the sun. During the day, blinds and window covers should be open in the winter. The radiated light and warmth can heat a room by multiple degrees, helping you to keep cozy without spending a dime.
  • Change your air filters. A chore that takes a couple of minutes can boost the efficiency of your HVAC equipment, improve the air quality in your home, and can help prevent breakdowns. A win-win-win if we’ve ever heard one.
  • Minimize square footage. Try to keep closets and cabinets closed when possible. The aren’t a ton of space, but every single square foot your furnace has to heat represents energy loss.
  • Buy house shoes. Extremities are the things most homeowners have trouble keeping toasty, and so you boost the furnace by two, three degrees just to warm your frigid tootsies. But some nice house slippers and wool socks can get the job done without using any energy at all.

Invest to Save This Winter

There are some even better ways to boost your efficiency this season, too! These do, however, cost you a minimal or moderate bit of cash, so we thought they should go in their own bracket. Consider these:

  • Upgrade your insulation. When’s the last time you had your insulation inspected? Five, 10 years? If so, you can almost certainly benefit by adding more! You won’t just see energy and comfort benefits in the winter, either. When the summer rolls back around your AC system will thank (and reward) you, too.
  • Schedule HVAC maintenance. A furnace tune-up is pretty inexpensive and can help you save tons on your energy bills this winter. Not to mention professional service reduces the risks of a mid-season breakdown appreciably.
  • Consider a programmable thermostat. Featuring learning technology, smart adjustments, and programmable routines, a programmable thermostat is the ideal way to optimize your HVAC system’s performance.