Although most apartments are relatively small spaces, keeping your apartment warm during the winter can result in huge monthly utility bills. We’re all searching for ways to keep our costs down and keep our living spaces comfortable, so in this article we’ll discuss how you can keep your heating bill down while keeping your apartment warm.
Our top 10 tips:
- Check for any leaks and have them sealed. Common places you’ll find leaks include window frames, doorways, ceilings, light switches, and power outlets. If you own your apartment, have these leaks sealed as soon as possible to prevent any more heat from escaping. if you’re a renter, contact your landlord and have them remediate the issue.
- Turn your thermostat down when you leave, especially if you’re gone for long periods of time. If you have a smart thermostat you can program it to turn down automatically or control it from an app on your phone.
- Take advantage of winter sunlight. Don’t keep your blinds or curtains drawn on a beautiful sunny day. Even in winter, sunlight is great for warming up your space.
- Dress for the season. If you lounge around your apartment in December wearing shorts and a t-shirt, you’ll obviously feel cold and turn up the heat. Instead, take advantage of those warm, fuzzy flannel pajamas and cozy slippers while having your apartment set to a reasonable temperature.
- Change your filter regularly. A dirty filter is much less efficient than a clean filter, meaning your HVAC system needs to work harder to heat your space, resulting in higher energy bills for you.
- Consider using a space heater. If you’ll mostly be in your bedroom at night, a small space heater can quickly warm your room more efficiently than heating your entire apartment.
- Run your ceiling fan in reverse. This sounds strange, but warm air rises, so programming your ceiling fan to push the warm air down will help keep your apartment cozy.
- Invest in a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats monitor your energy consumption, and they learn your daily patterns and adjust accordingly. You’ll get a very clear picture of your energy usage this way.
- Make sure your vents aren’t blocked by furniture or other large items.
- Use an air humidifier. Heating systems are notorious for causing dry skin, dry noses, and dry throats. Air humidifiers not only balance out the moisture levels in the air, they can help your space feel warmer during the cold months.
Save on your heating bill and give your budget some breathing room
It’s best to start preparing for winter now. You don’t want to find yourself with a broken down heating system in the middle of December because you’ll have to pay expensive emergency repair fees and your apartment may be uninhabitable until the problem is fixed.
If you own your apartment, schedule an HVAC inspection before winter comes and ensure everything is in order. A trusted HVAC technician can also give you tips on reducing your heating bill, and they’ll ensure your heating system is in top condition. For renters, check in with your landlord and ask when they last had the HVAC system inspected. It’s in the landlord’s best interest to maintain their property and avoid expensive emergency repairs, so be proactive and ask them to schedule an inspection and any subsequent repairs before the cold arrives.
For more information about keeping your apartment warm on a budget, or if you have any questions, please contact our team at Tri-Tech Energy today. Heating your apartment doesn’t need to break the bank and we’re happy to help you find a solution that works.