While the temperature drops across Australia, heating costs tend to soar. On average, Victorians spend about one third of their energy bill on heating their home at an average cost of about $800. This significant household expense can often be reduced simply by improving heating methods and efficiency. Here are a few easy steps we can all take to save on heating bills and maximise comfort in the home through the cooler months.

Invest in insulation

High quality insulation is one of the most effective ways to keep you and your family toasty during winter. Ceiling insulation, thermal curtains and blinds and even door snakes will help to trap warmth within the home. The larger the space you’re heating the higher the cost will generally be, so also consider zoning by closing off internal doors into areas you won’t be using.

Keep your heating system maintained

It only takes a few leaks in heating ducts or piping to see the system’s efficiency plummet. It’s worth going through your ceiling space each winter to check for any potential leaks, and have an air conditioning specialist visit for a maintenance check every two years. Filter pads and heating outlets should be kept clear and clean so your heating system can operate at its optimal level.

Embrace the sun

Many of us rely solely on our home heating system when there’s an excellent natural source of energy right outside. Opening your window coverings on a sunny day and closing them at night will help capture and hold the sun’s warmth, particularly if rooms face north. Investing in solar panels in a sunny location can also help to slash your winter heating bills and general electricity expenses.

Set your thermostat to between 18 and 20°C

It’s a common habit to set heating systems too high, and it’s been found that even one degree of difference in unnecessary heating can cost or save you up to 10% of your annual heating bill. Setting your system within 18 and 20°C will ensure a comfortable temperature without these added costs.

Invest in an efficient heating system

Heating systems have come a long way in recent years and the newest models will produce the best result for the lowest cost. The most popular and energy efficient central heating methods include split systems, hydronic heating and gas ducted heating.

If you have further questions about how to save on heating bills, the friendly team at Staycool can help. Contact us and speak with a heating specialist who can provide up-to-date advice on efficient and effective heating systems including hydronic, split system and gas ducted heating in Melbourne.