Everyone wants to save money on their utility bills, but the cold weather can make that difficult. Fortunately, there are several ways to save money on heating without sacrificing comfort. Strike the perfect balance between freezing and staying comfortable throughout the season by following these three tips in your Black Mountain, North Carolina, home.

Schedule a Yearly Furnace Tuneup

One of the best ways to save money is by keeping up with HVAC maintenance. Dirt, grime, and dust can build up in your system and reduce its efficiency. Schedule an annual maintenance visit so our technicians can inspect your heating system and address any problems. Otherwise, minor issues may go unnoticed and unresolved until they cause a complete breakdown and require an expensive repair.

Upgrade Sealing and Insulation

As a child, you might have heard your parents say something like, “We’re not paying to heat the whole neighborhood!” You may not be leaving doors and windows open as an adult, but poor insulation can have the same effect. According to the Energy Star website, the leaks, holes, and gaps in your home’s thermal envelope can cost as much as leaving a window open every day. This is all the more reason to upgrade your home’s insulation and ensure that windows, doors, and air ducts are properly sealed.

Install a Smart Thermostat

An obvious way to lower your heating bills is to lower your thermostat setting during winter. You can use the optimal settings and keep your home a little colder when you are away from home or asleep at night. Smart thermostats allow you to program different temperatures for different times of the day. You can program the thermostat to restore ideal temperatures when you wake up or return home. Correct thermostat programming will make a significant difference in your energy bills.

If you’re serious about saving money, give Gentry Heating a call at 828-581-4045. We can help make your home more efficient by installing a smart thermostat, performing HVAC maintenance, or sealing your ductwork.

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