Winters may be mild in Bessemer, Alabama, but anyone who’s lived here long enough knows we have our fair share of cold weather. While we can’t predict when a winter storm will hit, there are a few ways we can reduce our energy usage to keep those bills in check this season.

Turn Down the Thermostat

Turning the thermostat down a couple degrees while you’re asleep or at work can make a huge impact on your heating bill. Some people prefer to keep their homes toasty warm, and that’s fine, but easing up on your heating usage for at least eight hours per day can save on your heating bill. Installing a smart thermostat can help you determine which changes you should make to save the most money each month. Best of all, programmable thermostats make the necessary changes for you.

Clear the Vents

Your HVAC system uses more energy when the vents are blocked. Make sure you’re changing the air filters every one to three months to maximize your unit’s efficiency. You should also move any furniture and decor away from the air vents so they can deliver all of that heat where you need it most.

Consider the Ducts

An HVAC system can’t work efficiently without the proper ductwork. Since heat loss can occur through minute leaks in the ducts, consider having them wrapped with extra insulation. Even if there aren’t any leaks in the ductwork, accumulated dust and debris can increase those energy bills. Scheduling a professional duct cleaning will clear them out and provide you with fresher, healthier air to boot!

Get a Tuneup

Every heat pump or furnace needs a little TLC. Even if your unit is new, you still need to schedule annual service to keep it running at its peak performance. This small expense helps ward off costlier breakdowns, early replacements, and keeps your system within it’s warranty.

Call One Source Heating and Cooling at 205-209-4246 for all your heating needs this winter. From heat pumps to fuel-specific furnaces, we’ve got you covered.

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