Winter in Australia can be a challenging time to keep your home warm and comfortable, especially with the rising costs of energy bills. Older homes in Australia have traditionally been built to stay cool in the hot months which often leaves us homeowners feeling the chill in the winter. However, with the right tips and strategies, you can stay warm and reduce your heating costs so you don’t break the bank this winter.

At Southside Air Conditioning & Electrical, we specialise in helping our customers stay warm while also saving money. Read on as we share 5 tips for reducing your heating costs this winter.

Reduce Costs by Using Solar Power

One of the many perks of living in Australia is that we generate solar power year-round. Many countries have significant cloud cover during their colder months which makes solar power less effective. By utilising our sunny days and using solar power while running your reverse cycle air conditioning, you can significantly reduce your energy bills. If you don’t already have solar panels installed, consider investing in them. Not only will you save money on your energy bills, but you’ll also be doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint.

Service Your Air Conditioning For Winter

Autumn is the perfect time to service your air conditioning unit. A well-running air conditioner is more energy-efficient, which means it will save you more money in the long run. During the air conditioning service, one of our technicians will clean the filters, check for leaks, and make sure the unit is running at peak efficiency. Don’t wait until winter to service your unit – do it in autumn to ensure you’re ready for the colder months ahead.

Utilise Your Settings

If your air conditioning system has a timer setting- use it! Setting the timer on your unit can save you money while also ensuring you’re comfortable. Consider setting the temperature lower while sleeping and for a few hours during the day when no one is home. Then, set the timer to turn the unit on before you wake up or come home, so your home is warm and cosy when you need it to be. This strategy will help reduce your energy bills while also ensuring you’re comfortable when you need it most.

Consider an Upgrade

If you have an older split system air conditioning system, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Newer systems are more energy-efficient and can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs. At Southside Air Conditioning & Electrical, we offer both ducted air conditioning and split system air conditioning units to meet your needs and your budget. Investing in a new air conditioning system may seem expensive upfront, but it will help reduce your heating costs and save you money in the long run.

Search for Air Leaks

Older homes were not built as efficiently as newer ones. If your home is older, chances are you make have some air leaks. Air leaks in your windows and doors can cause your air conditioning system to work harder than it needs to, which can increase your energy bills. Search for air leaks around your windows, doors, and vents to reduce your heating costs. Use weather stripping, caulk, or insulation to seal any leaks you find. This strategy will help keep the warm air in and the cold air out, which will reduce your energy bills.

Reducing your heating costs this winter doesn’t have to be complicated. By using solar power, servicing your air conditioning unit, utilising your settings, considering an upgrade, and searching for air leaks, you can significantly reduce your energy bills while also staying warm and comfortable. At Southside Air Conditioning & Electrical, we can help you find the best heating solution for your home and budget. Contact us today to learn more.