Natural gas, as a non-renewable resource, can be expected to rise in costs for household heating use. If you want to reduce how much you end up paying on each heating bill, we recommend the following tips.
Purchase a programmable thermostat
Most households don’t need the same level of heat all throughout the day, but it’s easy to forget to adjust your thermostat before going to bed or leaving the house for an extended period of time. To fix this problem, buy a programmable thermostat. This product will allow you to set multiple times for the heat to be turned up or down to a certain degree. One thing you should be aware of with this is that you shouldn’t program your thermostat to make big temperature changes suddenly. A drastic increase of heat could cause your furnace to have to run more than is necessary.
Use your ceiling fan to keep heat in
Instead of using your ceiling fan only in the summer, you can put it on reverse on a low speed in the colder months to get heat to stay inside. That’s because heat rises, and the ceiling fan on reverse can keep the air lower. So, you can try this out while you have your thermostat lower than usual to figure out if this will help.
Use caulking, weather stripping, and other methods to keep heat inside
Installing window film, fixing cracks around windows and doors, and checking whether heat can escape from around electrical wall places and dryer vents can also make a difference. You can also purchase an insulating water heater blanket to put on your hot water heater in your basement, if you notice that it is warm to touch on the outside.
Change your furnace filters and consider getting your furnace serviced
Anything to keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible will play a role in limiting how much natural gas you use each month. Clean your furnace, put in new filters, and call us at FlameTech Heating in Victoria BC if you are unsure about how efficiently your gas furnace is heating your home.