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Hagerstown Heating Guide: Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills

With energy prices on the rise, people are looking for quick and easy ways to lower their utility bills. There are a lot of different ways to accomplish this, but we’ve picked out our favorites to help you figure out how to save money on your Hagerstown home’s utility bills.

Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat controls your heating and air conditioning systems. So if you’re not home during the day, you can tell your thermostat to turn off the heater or AC unit so they don’t run when you’re not in the house. Likewise, you can have your thermostat automatically turn on your heater or air conditioning systems 30 minutes before you get home so that it’s comfortable when you arrive.

Keep the Conditioned Air Inside

One of the ways that homes waste energy is in letting conditioned air escape to the outside. If you have an energy audit performed on your home, one of the ways that the energy technician will test your home’s efficiency is by measuring how much air actually stays in your house. Here are a few ways that air gets out of your home.

  • Attic insulation – Your attic is one of the main culprits for leaking heat to the outside air. As heat rises, it floats up into your attic where it escapes into the outside. Adding some attic insulation can potentially increase your home’s ability to keep heat in.
  • Leaking ducts – Your ducts are the airways that your heating or air conditioning system uses to move air from one place to another. If your ducts have holes or cracks, you might be losing freshly cooled or heated air into the outside air. Having your ducts inspected, cleaned and repaired could increase your system’s efficiency.
  • Door and window gaps – Another way that air can leave your house is through window and door seals. Having a heating and air conditioning professional install seals around your entryways and windows may be able to keep more of your air inside your house.

Insulate Your Water Heater

Your water heater is responsible for a large portion of your utility bill. As water sits in the tank of your water heater, heat escapes through the sides of the tank. Having your water tank professionally insulated is a good way to keep the heat it generates inside of it.

If have questions about how you can lower the utility bills for your Hagerstown home, then call the experts at Larry & Sons. One of our technicians can talk to you about how to get the most out of your heating and air conditioning equipment.