6 Ways To Lower Your Heating Bill This Winter
As the temperature outside plummets, it can be tempting to crank up the thermostat — until you see your heating bill! Here are six hot tips for staying warm this winter, without spending a fortune.
1.) Insulate everything
Adding insulation in the attic is a common way to prevent warm air from escaping your home. But why stop there? Lay down a layer of carpet to insulate the floor and keep your feet toasty all winter long.
Windows also tend to lose heat, and thermal curtains can be a stylish solution. For a cheaper alternative, line your current curtains with fleece.
Finally, it never hurts to insulate yourself by throwing a cosy sweater, shawl or socks.
2.) Keep your HVAC system clean
Replacing your furnace’s filter on a monthly basis and cleaning the ducts ensures proper airflow and allows your furnace to run efficiently. If your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your home, it won’t cost as much.
3.) Program your thermostat
Program your thermostat to adjust the temperature throughout the day depending on when you’re away. Consider keeping your home cooler at night as well since you’ll be curled up in bed anyway.
While you’re at it, you may want to try setting the temperature a few degrees lower than usual, even when you’re at home. If you put on an extra layer, you may be warm enough even without the extra heat.
4.) Take advantage of the sun
Take advantage of the sun’s heat effect by leaving your curtains open during the day. Don’t forget to close them before dusk to keep the warmth inside.
5.) Turn on a fan
Heat rises, which won’t do you much good lingering near the ceiling. To overcome this, turn on a ceiling fan to keep warm air circulating throughout the room. To avoid creating a draft, set the fan to blow air upward at a low speed.
6.) Get a furnace checkup
A furnace should be cleaned and inspected every year or two depending on its age to ensure the unit is operating at peak efficiency. Proper maintenance will also help extend the life of your furnace and reduce the risk of costly repairs.
Additionally, a furnace checkup will let you know whether it’s time to upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient model.
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