It's a fact of life that the winter season brings some cold weather with it. In fact, many people tend to focus on the cost of their heating bills during the winter season. There are some measures that you can take to help save on your wintertime heating costs. Plus, you can still keep your family and home nice and warm this holiday season.
Seal Up Air Leaks
One issue that can drive up your wintertime heating costs is air leaks. These occur near doors and windows throughout your home. It's best to address these leaks early on with caulking or weather stripping to seal them up. The fewer air leaks your home has, the more heat it will hold and the more money you'll save on your energy bills.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can be a great addition to your heating system to save on heating costs. Make sure that you run them in reverse. This forces the hot air stuck at the top of your room out towards the wall and down to the floor. You can recirculate the warm air that your heating system produces. Do this instead of turning up your thermostat as this can waste more fuel.
Let Natural Light In
Many people don't realize that sunlight can raise the temperature of their homes by up to 10 degrees. If you've ever sat near a window with direct sunlight, it heats you up. Use this information to your advantage. Open up curtains and blinds during daylight hours. The more natural light you let in, the less your heating system will have to work to heat your home. This means easy energy savings for your wallet.
Dress in Layers
One way to save money on your heating bills that many people overlook is dressing in layers. It's easy to get used to hanging out in shorts and a t-shirt throughout the summer months. As your body starts to get chilled in winter, it can be easier to turn up your thermostat. You can save yourself a bundle on wintertime heating costs by wearing more layers. Wear a sweatshirt and sweatpants. This can make you feel warmer without turning up your thermostat.
Program Your Thermostat
Most HVAC systems come standard with a programmable or smart thermostat. These allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. Any HVAC professional can help you to program your thermostat for optimal efficiency. This includes turning the temperature down in the daytime while you're away. You can then increase it back to normal before you arrive in the evening.
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