Smart Winter Heating

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

High oil prices fuel winter heating fears. Rising gas prices are nothing new, but with the winter season upon us many of you are probably looking for ways to cut costs.

A government report released last month predicts about a ten-percent increase in heating bills this winter.

It's one reason why it's a busy time for heating and cooling specialists.

"We're doing alot of change-out," said Dallas Klineline, the co-owner of Greenwood Refrigeration Inc.

Dallas Klineline has been installing and repairing heating and cooling systems for nearly 30 years.

"Hopefully gas prices will stay down low," Klineline said.

He says with the cooler temperatures creeping in he's noticed alot of people this year changing out their old exhisting equipment.

"A lot of it's gas prices. They want to get a more efficient system in their homes, so alot of them that have the older homes are going to the new equipment now," Klineline assured.

Klineline recommends this as one way to save on your gas bills this season. He also says keeping your filters changed and installing a programmable thermostat can also help you save.

"You can set it back during the day and then at night after you go to bed, have your furnace checked to make sure everything's alright on it, it's running as efficient as it can--winterize your home, new windows, a lot of people do that," he added.

Something else a lot of people do is turning off your thermostat when your house is too warm. Klineline says you actually save to keep it on, instead of having to reheat your entire home.

"You don't want to turn one completely off because that lets the house get really cold or in the summertime really hot and it takes longer of a steady run to get it back up to the temperature where you want it. If you turn it back five or six degrees then when you come home it
won't take very long to get it back where you wanted," Klineline assured.

Which in turn should help you get what you want when it comes to your gas bill.

Klineline also reminds you that as you begin to turn on your heat you should get a good carbon monoxide detector. This will help ensure you and your families safety within your home during the winter months.

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