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What Steps Can I Take to Keep My Heating Efficient All Winter?

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A preventative maintenance service agreement can help prevent high home heating bills. Additionally, there are some relatively simple steps you can take to help make your home more energy efficient and help you save on your heating bills this winter.

1. Lower your thermostat.

You likely won’t notice a huge difference if your turn it down just a few degrees, a move that can shave 5 percent to 10 percent off your heating bill. It’s especially wise to turn down the heat whenever you leave your home for several hours.

2. Watch that water heater.

It’s also not likely to be noticeable if you turn down the thermostat on your water heater to, say, 120 degrees from about 140 degrees.

3. Consider a programmable thermostat.

They cost between $30 and $100, but that’s money you’re sure to make back over the course of a year because your heating bills will drop. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the heat on a predetermined schedule, so you can lower the heat when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping.

4. Don’t let heat escape unnecessarily.

Keep your doors and windows shut when the heat is on. If your home has a fireplace that you aren’t using, be sure the flue is closed and glass doors are in place to minimize heat loss. In addition to those bathroom ventilation fans, turn kitchen ventilation fans off when they aren’t needed.

5. Call for a checkup.

Proper maintenance will help your heating unit run more efficiently. When it comes to your heating and cooling system, you want to get the most out of your investment. Through regular maintenance, you’ll also help prevent those unexpected repairs that come at the absolute worst time.

For more details or to find out how to become a preventative maintenance service agreement customer, click this link to contact our team of pros at Haskins Heating and Cooling or call 615.746.6390 to schedule your regular professional HVAC maintenance.

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A preventative maintenance service agreement can help prevent high home heating bills. Additionally, there are some relatively simple steps you can take to help make your home more energy efficient and help you save on your heating bills this winter.

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1. Lower your thermostat.

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You likely won’t notice a huge difference if your turn it down just a few degrees, a move that can shave 5 percent to 10 percent off your heating bill. It’s especially wise to turn down the heat whenever you leave your home for several hours.

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2. Watch that water heater.

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It’s also not likely to be noticeable if you turn down the thermostat on your water heater to, say, 120 degrees from about 140 degrees.

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3. Consider a programmable thermostat.

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They cost between $30 and $100, but that’s money you’re sure to make back over the course of a year because your heating bills will drop. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the heat on a predetermined schedule, so you can lower the heat when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping.

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4. Don’t let heat escape unnecessarily.

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Keep your doors and windows shut when the heat is on. If your home has a fireplace that you aren’t using, be sure the flue is closed and glass doors are in place to minimize heat loss. In addition to those bathroom ventilation fans, turn kitchen ventilation fans off when they aren’t needed.

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5. Call for a checkup.

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Proper maintenance will help your heating unit run more efficiently. When it comes to your heating and cooling system, you want to get the most out of your investment. Through regular maintenance, you’ll also help prevent those unexpected repairs that come at the absolute worst time.

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For more details or to find out how to become a preventative maintenance service agreement customer, click this link to contact our team of pros at Haskins Heating and Cooling or call 615.746.6390 to schedule your regular professional HVAC maintenance.

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