If your boiler heating costs were more expensive than you expected this fall, here are four steps that you can take this winter to help reduce the cost of operating your boiler and keeping your house warm.
#1 Just Dial It Down
One of the easiest ways to control your heating costs is just by turning your thermostat down. Even turning your thermostat down by just a degree can decrease your heating costs if you keep it down that one degree at all times.
If you're looking to save money on energy bills this winter, consider improving your water heater's efficiency. Your water heater's function is to keep water hot for your use throughout the home. When you need hot water for bathing and washing, all you have to do is turn on the tap, which draws hot water from the water heater tank.
Your water heater has to constantly keep all that water hot so you have available hot water on demand.
Changing your furnace filter is necessary maintenance if you want to ensure that your system is efficient and your furnace lasts a long time. There are no set rules for how often you should change your filter, because it largely depends on how often you run your central air and the make/model of your furnace. Instead of following any set rules, you should just visually check your furnace on a regular basis.
Carbon monoxide. It's the silent killer, claiming an average of 430 lives each year in the United States. If you do not want yourself or any of your family members to be among those 430, then it's important to be vigilant. Sadly, a tiny mistake can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Here's a look at some could-be-deadly mistakes to avoid.
Not testing your CO detector.
Your CO detector should start beeping when the battery is low.
Refrigerant is a chemical that fuels the cooling process of a central air conditioner. Various parts align to push the refrigerant through the system and put the chemical through phase changes that will create the cold air for your home. Refrigerant starts as a gas in the condensing unit passes through coils for a phase change and then moves through lines into your home – where the liquid refrigerant hits an expansion valve.