Now that winter is right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of ways to save money on heating. Keep reading to find out six ways to keep your home warm this winter and in turn, keep your heating costs down.
Turn Down the Thermostat
By lowering your thermostat down 7 – 10 degrees F for eight hours per day, you can save up to ten percent per year on heating and cooling costs. Wear warm clothing (especially socks!) instead of cranking up the heat and your bank account will thank you.
Plug Potential Air Leaks
Heat escapes most often through doors and windows. Caulk windows and weather strip to keep warm air inside your home and keep cold air out. Warm air can also escape through your chimney. If your home has a fireplace, make sure to keep the damper closed when it’s not being used.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans aren’t just for cooling. In the winter, set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise. This will create an updraft and push the warmer air near the ceiling downward, making the room feel warmer. This way, you can feel more comfortable while keeping that thermostat turned down.
Replace Your Air Filters
Dirt particles in your air filters block airflow and force your furnace to work harder to warm up your home. Dirty filters also lower your indoor air quality. Always replace your air filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat lets you “set it and forget it.” Schedule your furnace to cool down when you’re away and warm up when you return. The convenience and energy savings make the cost of a programmable thermostat well worth the investment.
Schedule a Check-Up
Like any appliance in your home, your furnace needs routine maintenance to perform at its best. Contact us today to schedule a heating system inspection so you can be sure your furnace stays in optimal condition throughout the season.