Winter Heating Tips
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. It can be a very expensive time too. Between holiday expenses and heating bills, a budget can get thrown out of whack quickly. Post-holiday credit card bills and cold weather usually arrive about the same time. Here are some home heating tips that will save you money and help with energy efficiency.
Schedule maintenance for your equipment. This is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure your home stays warm for your family.
Use programmable thermostats. If you do not have programmable thermostats consider investing in them. When used correctly, they pay for themselves in a very short period of time.
Change your filters. Clean filters help the air flow freely and allow your heating unit to operate more efficiently.
If your home has a fireplace, close the damper when you are not using the fireplace.
Keep your garage door closed.
Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.
Keep blinds and drapes open during the day and closed after sundown.
Rearrange furniture so it is not against an outside wall.
Don’t block vents. Air needs to move freely.
Lower your thermostat at bedtime. It’s a proven fact, we sleep better when we decrease the temperature.
If you will be gone for 8 -12 hours lower your thermostat 10 – 15 degrees.
When traveling overnight or longer, lower your thermostat to 55 degrees.
Heat pumps work efficiently at 68 degrees and lower.
As you can see, by taking a few simple steps, you can reduce your heating expense while also be an efficient energy consumer.