Heating costs can be one of the highest monthly expenses you pay. As the weather turns colder and you have to turn up the temperature on the furnace there are some things you should know that can help you save on these costs all winter long. Here are some helpful tips from Genuine Comfort to keep you warm!
One of the best ways to reduce heat loss in the winter is to make sure that you home has adequate insulation. Many older homes may have insulation in the attic, but often the amounts and R-value are not enough. If you think your home is lacking in attic insulation there are many companies that will offer free evaluations of your insulation as well as tell you how to increase its effectiveness.
Another area in your home where you could be losing heat and therefore making your furnace work harder and longer are around your doors and windows. At the beginning of each season it is a good idea to check doors and windows for cracks and gaps along the walls and seal or weather strip them.
One of the best ways to ensure your furnace is working optimally is to change the air filter regularly. Most furnace manufacturers recommend changing the filter every month. By changing the filter you allow your furnace to work more efficiently because it gets clean air and is not working through layers of dust build-up.
Are you away from home during the day? If you are away from home an automatic adjustable thermostat is a great investment. These thermostats allow you to automatically allow the temperature in your home to drop by a few degrees while you’re away and then warm it up right before you return home. In addition, you can program the thermostat to do the same thing at night while you are sleeping.
Ceiling fans won’t actually heat or cool a room, but they can help to distribute warm and cool air throughout your home. For instance, when cooking in the kitchen often times the temperature in that room will rise, the use of a ceiling fan in several rooms of the home will help to pull the heated air from the kitchen to other areas of the home.
Use your curtains and windows to your advantage. Open curtains to allow in the warmth of the sun and close them as dusk approaches to keep out the cool.
Simply taking the time to check different areas of your home, change the furnace filter regularly, and make small adjustments to the temperature on your thermostat and you’ll begin to see the energy savings during the upcoming winter. Using these helpful tips can prevent you from expensive repairs and may help in lowering your energy bill this winter.