Simple Ways to Save on Heating this Winter
Adjust Your Temperature
Turn your thermostat as low as you can while still feeling comfortable, and when you are not home, turn it down another 10 to 15 degrees. You can also invest in a programmable thermostat. This device can automatically lower and raise your temperature based on your daily activities. It will save you money by using less heat while you are not at home to need it. These thermostats can be a little more expensive up front, but often you will recoup the cost within the season.
Insulate Your Attic
We all know that heat rises, so it is no secret that heat is lost through the roof of your home. Check the insulation levels in your attic. Be sure you have adequate depth and fill coverage of insulation. You can also have a professional come out diagnose where you may or may not need more insulation.
Cover Your Drafty Windows
You can get plastic window-covering kits at any hardware store. They are relatively inexpensive, will save you quite a bit of energy consumption, and will increase your overall comfort level. This is a fairly low-cost and easy way to save quite a bit of money on your bill.
Use Space Heaters
Depending on how much time you spend in your whole house vs. just a few rooms, you may want to invest in a space heater. If your time is spent mainly in one or two rooms, you can turn your thermostat down quite a bit and heat the rooms with an electric space heater. It is cheaper to heat up a small room than to heat up an entire house.
Dress Warmly Inside
Again, turn down the thermostat a few degrees and wear layers. It can be nice to cuddle up and snuggle in blankets and sweaters on a cold Winter’s night, and it will save you money at the end of the month.
Change Your Furnace Filter
A clean filter is essential to being sure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible. It is also crucial to maintaining healthy indoor air quality. You should follow your furnace-industry recommendations, but in general you should probably change your filter every three to six months. A dirty filter restricts airflow and causes your furnace to work harder than it needs to maintain a constant temperature.
Have Your Furnace Cleaned and Checked According to the Manufacturer’s Recommendation
This isn’t just about safety, it’s about preventative maintenance. You can catch the problem before your furnace stops working in the middle of the night or on the weekend. This will also ensure that your furnace is working at its optimum efficiency, providing you with the most heat for the least cost.
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