While Naples, Florida, doesn’t see too much cold weather, the few weeks of freezing temperatures each year can lead to a big surprise when the electric bill arrives. This is especially true when homeowners neglect their heating systems until it’s time to turn up the heat. To avoid heating bill sticker shock, follow these energy-saving tips.

Clean Your Air Filters

Air filters should be changed every 30 days unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer. A dirty air filter destroys heating efficiency because it reduces the amount of air that can pass through your system at a given time. This forces your heater to run longer to achieve the same level of comfort.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

For automatic energy savings, install a programmable thermostat. If you turn your thermostat down by just five degrees for eight hours per day, you can knock five percent off of your heating costs.

To achieve maximum heating efficiency, set your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees lower when you are sleeping or away at work. You can continue to maximize savings and comfort by setting the thermostat so it gradually reaches the desired temperature just before you return home or wake up. Don’t follow the myth of leaving your thermostat at a constant temperature.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance can also help you achieve energy savings. Over time, your HVAC system becomes dirty. Debris and accumulation of dust and oil can affect or damage parts of the system. This can cause the system to work harder, and result in parts wearing out quickly. When this happens, the heating output may be reduced. As your system works harder to produce the same amount of heat, your energy bill increases. Dirt within the system will also affect the quality of your indoor air.

A routine maintenance visit includes a thorough cleaning to restore heating efficiency as well as an inspection to catch any small problems before they turn into big, expensive repairs. To learn more about ways to save on heating, contact Accurate Comfort Services, Inc. today at 844-389-9600.