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Heating costs spike during the winter in Columbus, Georgia, but you don’t have to shiver in the cold to save money. With a few simple changes, you can stay comfortably warm while keeping more cash in your wallet. The secret to maximizing your savings lies in knowing which strategies deliver the biggest bang for your buck. The following tips will start saving you money from the moment you implement them.

Check the Air Filter

Dirty filters impair airflow, forcing your heater to run longer to maintain comfortable temperatures. Experts recommend that you inspect the filter every month during the winter and change it whenever it looks dirty. A clean filter safeguards the equipment from dirt, and it helps keep the air you breathe cleaner too.

Install a Nexia Thermostat

Take control of your heating costs with a thermostat that connects to your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Our Nexia thermostats let you lower the temperature while you’re away and raise it again before you arrive home. You can monitor your energy usage online too, so you can fine-tune settings to minimize your heating costs.

Plug the Leaks

Don’t let the air you’ve paid to heat escape outside! Use weatherstripping and caulking to seal drafty doors and windows. A small gap under an exterior door lets in as much air as a 2 1/2-inch hole in the wall. A can of spray-foam insulation makes it easy to seal gaps and cracks around fixtures like plumbing pipes, lighting fixtures and gas lines.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Before winter sets in, make an appointment for a heating system tune-up. Regular HVAC maintenance is the most cost-effective way to ensure your heater always operates at peak efficiency. This affordable service also extends the system’s service life, so you save money down the road too.

Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to offer tips that let you cut your heating expenses year after year. To learn more about how to stay warm and cozy this winter, explore our heating services or call 706-405-4796.