The Dallas area isn’t known for its bitterly cold winters like northern states, but that doesn’t mean keeping your home warm is cheap. High winter utility bills may seem like a fact of life, but that doesn’t need to be the case. Here are a few quick and simple ways you can save money and make sure your heating system is as energy efficient as possible.

Insulate Your Ducts

Believe it or not, one of the biggest sources of waste in your heating and cooling system is the ductwork. The ducts inside most homes simply aren’t well-sealed or insulated. This allows conditioned air to leak out into unconditioned spaces, potentially costing you hundreds of dollars per year. Ensuring that you have properly installed, designed and insulated ductwork can really boost your efficiency this winter.

Consider a Programmable Thermostat

Another major factor in your heating efficiency is your thermostat. Keeping your thermostat at a constant, high-temperature setting is a surefire way to waste energy. Of course, no one has the patience to constantly adjust their thermostat manually. The solution is a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to plug in whatever settings you’d like, allowing you to raise the temperature when you need it and lower it when you don’t. In fact, you can save 10 percent or more simply by dialing back your thermostat while you sleep each night.

Keep Your Heating System in Top Shape

Over time, even the best heating systems age and begin to break down. Mechanical parts wear down, filters clog up with dust and dirt, and lubricated parts begin to dry out. This can easily rob your system of energy efficiency. To ensure your system is always operating at its peak, schedule regular maintenance to keep its components fresh. Fall is the best time to schedule heater maintenance to ensure that your system is ready for the rigors of winter.

Why pay more than necessary to keep your North Texas home warm this winter? Put these few tips into action to make sure that you’re saving as much as possible on your utility bills. To find out more about how you can boost your system’s efficiency, take a look at Metro Air Conditioning’s professional maintenance services or call 214-390-3740.