4 Ways to Reduce Your Utility Bills This Winter
When the cold Northern Virginia winter arrives, you instinctively turn up the temperature in your home—which also causes the numbers on your electric bill to rise. Although keeping your family warm is your top priority, it can be costly! In order to help reduce costs, John Nugent & Sons has put together a few heating tips that should help lower your utility bills this winter.
If your heating system is keeping your home warm but causes your electric bill to send shivers down your spine, John Nugent & Sons heating experts are here to help! Call us today at 703-291-1926.
Minimize Cost While Maximizing Comfort
Heating a home can be a costly, but necessary investment to keep your family comfortable when the temperature drops below freezing. Follow the easy tips below to help improve your home’s comfort but reduce monthly costs.
Cover Drafty Windows
If you notice any drafts around the windows of your home, you need to address the issue right away! If there are cracks in the window frame, not only is the hot air escaping but cold air is coming into your home—counteracting the work being done by your heating system! You should install energy efficient, insulated drapes on your home’s windows to help reduce the drafts.
Use a Portable Heater
Using a portable heater in place of your home’s heating system can save up to 3 percent on your heating costs! Keep in mind, the room with the portable heater is be warm and the rest of the house will be slightly cooler than normal. While sometimes cost-effective, this method is only works if your entire family typically gathers in one place, like the kitchen or living room.
Insulate Your Attic
Reducing air leakage by properly insulating your home can positively impact your heating bills. By adding insulation in your attic, you can maintain the desired temperature throughout your home much better. Combined with attic air sealing, it can also help to alleviate the formation of dangerous ice dams in the winter.
Use Your Ceiling Fan
Most people associate ceiling fans with hot summer days when you need to cool off—but that’s not always the case. If your home already has ceiling fans installed, turn them to a low speed. This will allow the warm air trapped at ceiling level to mix with the cooler air, helping heat the entire room. By utilizing the ceiling fans already installed in your Northern Virginia home, you can see savings of up to 15 percent!
If you don’t have ceiling fans in your home but would like them installed, contact John Nugent & Sons today!
John Nugent & Sons Provides Heating Services in Northern Virginia
No one likes to pay their monthly bills—by following the advice above, your utility costs this winter should be less daunting! If your heating bills continues to rise, it may be time to repair or install a new furnace in your Northern Virginia home.
Since 1975, the professional electricians at John Nugent & Sons have been providing quality heating services throughout Northern Virginia, including McLean, Arlington, Falls Church, Sterling, Ashburn, Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax, and Dulles.
For more information on our heating system services or for a free in-home estimate for a new HVAC system, contact us online or give us a call at 703-291-1926!