Originally published Dec. 13, 2019, updated Jan. 21, 2022.

Although our Tortolita, Arizona, climate is typically warm, the temperatures during the winter can dip into the 30s. Keep your home cozy while spending less, by using these tips for lowering your energy bills.

Change Your Air Filter

Check your air filter once a month for a visible buildup of dust and dirt. Change it as needed or once every three months. If your filter gets clogged, it makes it more difficult for the system to pull air through, which diminishes efficiency and increases your energy bills. Keep it clean for the most affordable heating.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Schedule furnace maintenance each year in the fall to make sure your system is in good condition. An annual tune-up will take care of important tasks that improve your system efficiency, such as tightening electrical connections and lubricating moving parts. The best time to schedule heater maintenance is in the fall before you begin using the system for the season. It’s not too late to schedule one now, if you missed your tune-up in the fall.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable or smart thermostat will help you lower your utility bills in many ways. You can use the settings to automatically lower the temperature when you’re out of the house during the day or sleeping at night. Aim for set temperatures that you will maintain for at least eight hours at a time. This is more efficient than allowing the system to cycle on and off frequently as you adjust the temperature in your home.

Seal Your Home

Seal and insulate your home well so heat isn’t escaping. Add weather-stripping around windows and doors. Install insulation around outlets and light switches. Check to make sure you have enough insulation in your attic or basement. Seal any cracks along the baseboards. Keeping heat inside your home is the most efficient way to cut down on your energy bills when you’re trying to keep the home cozy.

If you’re concerned that your utility bills are too high, scheduling a maintenance visit is a good place to start. Call MVP Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a tune-up to see how you can lower your energy costs.

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