As a Boston resident, you expect to deal with cold temperatures for a large portion of the year.
But even if you’re prepared for colder weather, you never get used to high home heating bills during the winter months. It hits your bank account hard, time after time.
While there is no way to escape a higher heating bill during the cold winter months, there are steps you can take to save money.
In addition to mainstream tips – such as keeping your windows closed and installing a programmable thermostat – there are alternative ways to save money.
Upgrade to a Ductless Heating System
Depending on the age of your home and current arrangement of your HVAC system, a ductless heating system may be just what you need to promote a warmer living environment while cutting the cost of your heating bill.
In addition to the potential to reduce heating costs by as much as 60 percent, a new ductless heating system will also reduce carbon emissions and provide quiet and efficient operation.
A ductless heating system is more attainable than most homeowners believe. Even though there’s an upfront cost of upgrading your system, the savings you enjoy over the long run make it well worth your while.
Better Insulate Your Home
Older homes, in particular, are known for having poor insulation (and in some cases, none at all).
Better insulating your home isn’t always the easiest way to save money on your heating bill, but it’s important to consider if necessary.[i]
For example, if your home is losing heat through exterior walls, around windows, and in your basement and attic, additional insulation can help.
Not only does insulation save you money on your heating bill, but it also keeps your home more comfortable during those cold winter days. You no longer have to run space heaters or stay cooped up in that one room you always head to for warmth.
Use a Humidifier
There are many benefits of running a humidifier during the winter months, including:
- Reduced static cling
- Less risk of drying out your skin and hair
- Less impact on the wood in your home
But did you know that a humidifier can also reduce your heating bill?[ii] Moist air is more efficient in retaining heat than dry air, which means your HVAC system doesn’t need to work nearly as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature.
A whole house humidifier is ideal, but if you don’t have one you can run a smaller unit in one or more rooms.
Stay Warm While You Save
It’s almost impossible to stay warm when you’re outside in Boston during the winter months. However, you shouldn’t have this same problem inside your home. Your home should always be warm and comfortable.
If your current HVAC system isn’t keeping you warm, contact us or book an appointment to learn more about the installation of a high efficiency mini split heat pump. This may be just what you need to stay warm, all while reducing your home heating bill.