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6 Ways to cut heating costs

At American Weathermakers, we take the status of your furnace very seriously. One of the most important things we can do for our customers is help them keep the cost of energy and furnace usage down. Here are a few tips to cut those costs and keep your home as warm and comfortable as possible.

  • Your furnace is vital to your family’s comfort and the basic ability to live in your home over the winter. Here are a few tips to help you keep heating costs down and avoid a situation where you pay for energy or even HVAC repairs that can be avoided.
  • Winterize your home. Make sure cold air is sealed out by weather stripping and caulking windows, doors and other spaces where you feel a draft. You can also get some insulation and wrap the water heater with it in addition to adding extra insulation in other areas of the house.
  • Programmable thermostats are excellent energy, money, and time savers. Temperatures are regulated automatically at the exact times you program and can be managed remotely via an app. You can save 5% or more per year on energy costs by lowering the temperature 5 degrees for around 8 hours per day.
  • Swap out old furnaces with newer, higher efficiency models. It can seem like a pricy and unnecessary initial cost, but it will pay for itself through saved energy costs. You also get the peace of mind that comes with a warranty.
  • Take advantage of rebates offered by ComEd and other utility companies.
  • Make sure your fireplace isn’t a major source of wasted energy. Fireplaces are great, but the truth is that they are energy wasters when it comes right down to it. They generate much less heat than they lose. The nice, warm air inside your house follows the hot smoke and ultra-heated air generated by your fireplace right up the chimney.

To get the best out of your HVAC system this winter, call American Weathermakers at 847.509.2024 to have any issues fixed or start thinking about prepping your AC unit for spring. It’s never too early to think about saving money and energy. We service the North Shore and Northwest Suburbs including Glenview, Arlington Heights, Lake Forest and Winettka. Whether you have a Rheem, American Standard of Ruud system, we’re your HVAC experts!

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