How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Carlsbad this Winter01/02/2015 The chilly temperatures in winter usually lead to high heating bills. Does anyone know of ways to keep your home warm without raising your energy cost so much? Yes! Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services has some ideas for you to help keep your home comfortable and your heating bills lower. Use these tips to help boost your energy efficiency and trim down your heating bills this winter: Use sunny days in Carlsbad to help heat your home naturally. Pull back the curtains and open the blinds and allow the sun to give your furnace a little [[help|boost|break]14. Keep the cold air from sneaking in. Seal your windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. The more you can control the temperature in your home, the more you can take control of your energy usage. A programmable thermostat will get the job done and enhance your home’s energy efficiency. Clogged, dirty furnace filters make your furnace work more and lower your energy efficiency. Clean or replace them every three months. Do a quick check of your home. Are any vents or cold air returns obstructed? Remove anything that’s blocking them for better airflow and efficiency. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, start shopping for a new energy-efficient model. This could save you the cost of emergency repairs and will help decrease your energy bills for years to come. We all know that heat rises. Don’t let your heat rise so far and leak out through the attic. Make sure it’s well insulated to keep warm air where you need it. Many people don’t realize this, but heat can also escape through your roof. Inspect it for loose or missing shingles and holes or areas that need to be sealed. It may seem like managing your home’s energy efficiency is a lot of work, but with these tips, it should be a little easier. If you’re looking for more ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, give us a call at 575-887-7777 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even in the harshest Carlsbad weather.