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How To Lower Your Heating Bill Amid Rising Chicagoland Energy Costs

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Here in Chicagoland, it’s common for the Lake Michigan winds to cause severe cold and biting winds during winter. As a result, heating bills are rising, and residents are looking to mitigate the rising costs.

In this blog, we’ll cover tips and strategies to help you keep warm without burning a hole in your pocket.

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Keep Up With Routine Maintenance

One of the best ways to lower your heating bills is by scheduling routine maintenance. With regular checkups, you make sure your heating unit runs smoothly and efficiently. As a result, you use less energy, leading to lower overall utility bills.

Whether you own a furnace, boiler, or even a garage heater, scheduling annual heating system maintenance is a great way to minimize energy bills.

Lower the Thermostat Temperature

If you’re trying to stay warm during Chicagoland’s colder months, you might think, “Isn’t this a bit…counterintuitive?” While we’re not suggesting you turn your home into a frozen tundra, lowering your thermostat by just a few degrees can deliver up to 10% a year in savings.

On the days you’re out of the house, consider lowering your thermostat. This way, you won’t have to worry about wasting energy heating empty rooms, saving you even more on heating bills.

Turn on the Ceiling Fan

Did you know ceiling fans can be used to keep your home warm and cozy? While they’re typically associated with cooling, reversing your ceiling fan during winter can be a game-changer.

This is because, when running clockwise, warm air that rises to the ceiling gets pushed back down and evenly distributed.

Seal Air Leaks in Your Windows & Doors

Nothing will spike your heating bills more than hidden air leaks. Heating systems are designed to turn off when the home reaches the desired temperature. But when you have one too many hidden air leaks, your heating system will constantly cycle on and off as it struggles to maintain the set temperature.

This leads to higher energy usage and utility bills and causes more wear and tear on your heating unit, which could increase the need for costly repairs. By sealing air leaks in your windows and doors, you ensure that the warmth stays in and the cold stays out, lowering your energy bills during Chicagoland’s colder months.

Routinely Replace Air Filters

When the air filters in your heating system get clogged with dust and debris, it has to work harder to warm your home. This can cause short-cycling and overwork your heating system as it tries to effectively heat your home.

To keep this from raising your energy bills, it’s recommended to replace or clean your heating system’s air filters every 90 days to keep your system running efficiently.

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Schedule Heating Service With Comfort Zone Service

While all these strategies will help you save more on your home’s energy bills, nothing beats having your heating system serviced by a professional. Our experienced technicians are skilled in performing thorough inspections, finding the root causes of heating issues, and knowing how to fix them as good as new.

Whether you need a furnace, boiler, garage heater, or other heating services, call the pros from Comfort Zone Service today.

Contact Comfort Zone Service at (708) 403-3434 to schedule reliable heating services in Chicagoland.

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