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Energy Efficiency: Top Strategies for Lower Heating Costs in Redlands, CA


Written on December 27, 2023.
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As the clear skies of Redlands give way to the cool desert nights, the importance of a warm, inviting home becomes ever more apparent. In a city where the stars shine brightly above, and the Mojave winds whisper the onset of winter, a reliable heating system is essential for comfort and solace. 

AC Plus Heating & Cooling is at the forefront, ensuring that every Redlands home is a bastion of warmth where families gather in comfort, shielded from the evening chill.

Building the Foundation of Holiday Warmth 

The holidays in Redlands, CA are not just about the decorative lights or the festive cheer. They’re also about ensuring your abode is primed for comfort and efficiency. A robust heating system is central to this comfort, allowing you to bask in the warmth of your home without the worry of unexpected repairs.

Energy-Efficient Habits: Your Blueprint for Savings 

Creating a warm and inviting home for the holidays starts with adopting energy-efficient habits. It’s about setting your thermostat to a comfortable yet economical temperature (around 68º or lower when possible), dressing warmly indoors to avoid cranking up the heat and leveraging smart devices to manage your heating in Redlands, CA effectively. 

Other energy-efficient habits include:

  • Insulation and Sealing
  • Regular System Checks
  • Embracing Natural Warmth
  • Mindful Heat Usage

Insulation and Sealing

In the heart of Redlands, where each home is unique, proper insulation and sealing stand as the guardians against the winter’s reach and keep your heating bills manageable. Ensuring your home is well-insulated is akin to wrapping it in a thermal blanket—it’s a fundamental step to retain heat and maintain a comfortable environment. 

Consider the attic, often overlooked yet crucial in preventing heat from rising right out of your house. Weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors are not just minute details; they are critical in creating a complete seal against the cold, much like the way Redlands’ community comes together to create a complete, vibrant city.

It’s these efforts in insulation and sealing that can make a significant difference in how your home feels and also how much you spend on HVAC bills. With AC Plus Heating & Cooling, you can rest assured that every nook will be checked and every gap sealed, fortifying your home against the winter chill.

Regular System Checks

The reliability of your home’s heating system through the frosty Redlands winter hinges on regular and thorough system checks. Your heating system requires consistent maintenance to maintain low heating bills.

  • Filter Replacement: A clean filter ensures proper airflow and efficiency. It’s the easiest step in maintenance yet one of the most impactful.
  • Thermostat Calibration: Confirming the accuracy of your thermostat ensures that your heating system is operating based on the correct temperature readings.
  • Ductwork Inspection: Leaks in ductwork can lead to significant heat loss. A thorough examination can find and seal these leaks to improve overall system efficiency.
  • Boiler or Furnace Tune-Up: Regular servicing of your furnace or boiler can extend its lifespan, prevent unexpected failures, and maintain a warm and safe home environment.
  • Safety Check: Ensuring all components of your heating system are functioning safely to protect your home and family from potential hazards.

At AC Plus Heating & Cooling, we treat each system check with the utmost importance, understanding that each point is critical to your Redlands home’s winter readiness and will determine your heating bills. Our meticulous approach ensures that your heating system not only keeps you comfortable but does so efficiently and reliably throughout the holiday season and beyond.

Embracing Natural Warmth

Maximizing the use of natural heat sources in your Redlands home not only contributes to lower heating bills but also to a sustainable lifestyle. Making the most of the winter sun’s warmth can significantly reduce the need for artificial heating.

  • Open Curtains for Direct Sunlight: During daylight hours, keep curtains open to allow the sun to naturally warm your living spaces. The greenhouse effect created by the sun’s rays can raise indoor temperatures, giving your heating system a much-deserved break.
  • Use Thermal Mass to Retain Heat: Consider incorporating materials with high thermal mass, like stone or brick, in your decor. These materials absorb heat during the day and slowly release it at night, maintaining a comfortable temperature around the clock.
  • Strategic Landscaping for Wind Protection: Planting evergreen trees or shrubs on the north and northwest sides of your property can act as a windbreak, protecting your home from cold winds and reducing the wind chill factor that can make your heating system work harder.
  • Thermal Curtains for Insulation: As the sun sets, close heavy, insulated curtains to keep the day’s warmth from escaping. These curtains act as an extra barrier to heat loss, ensuring that your home stays warm on even the coldest nights.
  • Ceiling Fans to Circulate Warmth: Reverse your ceiling fans to run clockwise at a low speed. This simple action pushes warm air that rises back down into the living space, balancing the room’s temperature.

Mindful Heat Usage

In Redlands’ brisk winters, being mindful of heat usage extends beyond the settings on your thermostat; it involves integrating warmth into your daily activities. Running heat-generating appliances like dryers and ovens during cooler times can add a layer of welcome warmth to your home that you don’t need to contribute to your heating bills. This not only utilizes the byproduct of chores you’re already doing but also aligns with energy-efficient practices by reducing the need for your heating system to work overtime. 

After baking, for instance, leaving the oven door ajar as it cools can subtly increase the kitchen’s temperature, contributing to a cozy atmosphere for family gatherings. It’s these small, smart habits that, when combined, contribute significantly to maintaining a comfortable, energy-efficient home. 

AC Plus Heating & Cooling champions these simple yet effective strategies, helping you to make the most of your home’s ambient warmth throughout the holiday season.

Embrace the Warmth with AC Plus Heating & Cooling 

As Redlands, CA  gears up for the holiday season, ensure your home’s heating systems are up to the task with AC Plus Heating & Cooling. 

With a focus on energy efficiency and system health, we’ll help you craft the perfect winter setting in your home to keep heating bills low. Connect with us today to prepare your space for the holidays and beyond, guaranteeing a season filled with warmth, comfort, and joy.


Written By Matt Postoian

Matt Postoian has been in the HVAC industry for over 20 years and is dedicated to providing homeowners in Southern California with total home comfort.

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The customer service is excellent both on the phone and the technician Jonathan. Our air conditioner is running wonderfully again! Thanks so much!
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My air conditioner stopped blowing air through the vents. I knew I had to find an HVAC repair guy fast and I was worried about having some stranger with his hands on my equipment. I did a web search and found AC Plus Heating and Air with many hundreds of 5 star reviews on Google.Omar Amore came to my house and diagnosed and fixed the problem in 20 minutes and it cost me much less than expected. After he performed the work, he spent another 15 minutes with me educating me about the proper maintenance of my air conditioner. He quoted me some pricing on a couple action items to do next spring to keep my unit in good working order.Omar struck me as honest and thoughtful. I will use this company again for all my heating and air needs.
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Edward S.
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Called AC Plus for AC service. They were very courteous and professional on time for my appointment, Jonathan service tech showed up diagnose the issue, and had my house AC up and cooling fast!
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The staff at AC PLUS where amazing friendly and courteous. The technician Sean was very honest, friendly and kept us informed of what was going on till the very end. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY. A+ RATING in my book. Thank you for the service AC PLUS.
Jeff M.
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Our AC unit failed yesterday. Of course, it has been over 100 degrees the last few days, so we were concerned. Called AC Plus this morning and they had it up and running again by 11:00am today! Jonathan was great and explained everything to me, answered all my questions. We will be calling them again if we ever have any problems. The woman that answered the phone there this morning was also very helpful and pleasant to deal with. Thank you AC Plus!
Chris O.
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Dogs were trying to get a squirrel and smashed the freon line flat. Omar came out and took care of the situation quickly and professionally much appreciated.
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Everyone that works for this place is very friendly, efficient, caring and keeps you informed of when they will arrive. Air conditioning is up and running. Thank you 😊
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