During the cold months, homeowners can easily run up an expensive utility bill. The holiday season can be an expensive time with gift giving and traveling costs especially. You should not have to sacrifice your family’s comfort to save on your energy costs and stay in budget. Ferguson Heating and Air Conditioning Company has been in the HVAC industry for over 70 years, so we know HVAC systems and how to maximize your investment without sacrificing comfort. Follow these tips to save money throughout the winter season:
- Set Your Thermostat a Little Lower
Figure out the lowest temperature you can handle in your home without being uncomfortable. Changing the temp by a few degrees will save you money. Also, if you have gas heat, set your thermostat 5-7 degrees lower when you are away from home or sleeping at night. If you have a heat pump, do not lower your thermostat more than a couple degrees as it takes the heat pump longer to recover. You could save about 10% on your energy costs just by taking these simple steps. Grab an extra blanket and snuggle up at night for savings.
- Let The Sun Help
Even on colder days, the sun can bring natural light and warmth into your home. Open your blinds during the day to harness the natural heating. Make sure to close your blinds at night to minimize Jack Frost nipping at your nose with a chill in your home.
- Get a Programmable Thermostat
Let your thermostat do the work for you! You can get a programmable thermostat which manages your home’s temperature when you are home, asleep, and away with the desired settings. We have systems that you can even control from your smartphone. This is perfect for double checking that you turned down the heat before leaving for your holiday vacation. Even better, you can schedule your thermostat to turn your heat to your optimal level, so you come home to a comfortable and toasty home.
- Check Your Furnace’s Filter
Make sure to inspect your furnace’s filter once a month. A dirty or clogged filter will force your furnace to work harder than it should. Overworking your furnace could lead to premature failure, which will impact your finances significantly. Even if your overworked furnace keeps running, the system cannot run efficiently, so you will be racking up expensive energy bills. Filter changes are a simple gift to your furnace to help it keep you comfortable.
- Prioritize Professional Maintenance
Being proactive with your professional maintenance can save you a lot of money. Maintenance calls are a lot less expensive than repair or replacement costs. Also, some furnace problems can be caught early on and repaired before the whole furnace fails. Although you can schedule your professional furnace check up at will, the ideal way to take care of your furnace is to enroll in our Eagle Vision Plan (EVP). Our maintenance plan is designed to keep your HVAC system in optimal condition year-round. You have access to exclusive deals, expedited care, and more with our EVP.
If you are ready to give your family the gift of year-round comfort, call Ferguson Heating and Air Conditioning Company today to sign up for our Eagle Vision Plan. Our customer service representatives will gladly answer any questions you have about the benefits. We wish your family a warm and happy holiday season!