As the temperatures dip, you might feel as if money is flying out the window for your energy bills.
If you want to try to minimize heating costs this winter and still keep everyone comfortable, there are ways that you can help to keep the warm air in and the cool air out. Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to heating your home. These seven tips will help to keep your home cozier when the weather outside is frightful.
Have Your System Checked
Don’t just assume that your furnace is running as it should be. To ensure that it is working efficiently and effectively, it is best to have a professional check it out. Regular maintenance is recommended. If it has been a while since you’ve had your furnace maintained, hire a professional to make sure it is functioning in tip-top shape.
Get a Humidifier
With hot air blowing, conditions inside can become dry. If your home is too dry, it can become uncomfortable. A humidifier will make sure that your home feels comfortable throughout the long winter months.
When you shut your windows, all the allergens and dust get caught inside and continue to circulate. If your filters are full of dust and debris, then your furnace is going to have to work harder to make your home comfortable.
Weatherstripping is a great way to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. If you notice air leaks around your windows and doors, use some weatherstripping to shore them up.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
There are a ton of new smart thermostats that can zone areas, allow you to set temperatures remotely, and help you cut back on energy costs. For the small price that a new thermometer might cost, the benefits to your energy savings may far outweigh putting the money out up front.
Make Sure That No Ducts Are Blocked
Take a look around your home to make sure that there aren’t any ducts that are blocked, either by dust and debris or by furniture. Heating a home to keep it comfortable means also making sure that the air is circulating properly.
Make Sure That the Cold Air Returns Are Working Too
Cold air returns draw the cold air out of the room and work in the opposite way as heat registers. To make sure that your home is cozy this winter, check that the HVAC system is working all the way around to keep warm air moving.
If you notice that your house has cold spots or that your energy bill has gone up, call Hely Heating & Air Conditioning to analyze where the heat is going and how to make your home cozier and more energy-efficient in the long winter months ahead.