As we get closer to the end of the year, you may try to find some more room in your budget. You may think lower temperatures in Safety Harbor, FL, mean higher monthly utility bills. Fortunately, that’s not necessarily the case. Here are some steps you can take this winter to keep your utility bills low and save money.
Consider a Smart Thermostat
The process of home automation has been around for a while, but thanks to the invention of smart thermostats, you can have increased control over your home’s HVAC system even when you’re not there. A smart thermostat allows you to control your heating and cooling from an app on your mobile device. This means you aren’t wasting electricity heating a house when you’re not in it but can still have it set to a comfortable temperature when you get home.
Use Your Existing Thermostat
Even if you don’t opt for a smart thermostat, you can use your existing thermostat to your benefit. While you’re awake, keep the temperature of your home comfortable, but when you’re in bed or away for a period of time, turn the thermostat up 10-15 degrees. The energy.gov offices report that doing this can reduce annual heating costs by roughly 10%.
Install a New Heat Pump
While it’s easy to balk at the idea of installing a new heat pump, this is the sort of investment that can help reduce utility bills long-term. Advanced technology means more energy-efficient and heating systems that don’t require nearly as much power as older models.
Whether you’re looking for a new system, an energy efficiency upgrade or simply a repair to keep your home more comfortable this winter, we want to help you. Call Pinellas Comfort Systems today to ask about our wide range of residential services.
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