Expert Tips

Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bills This Winter

Saving money is more important than ever right now, which is why Service First Pros is going to list ways that you can save money on your heating bills. Wearing warm clothes allows you to reduce the thermostat setting, but this isn’t the only way you can keep the bill lower. Try the following suggestions, as well, to help reduce the utility cost of running your furnace.

Seal Leaks

With your doors and windows closed, light a candle and place it in front of each one. Be careful not to get it too close to the curtains or shades. If the candle starts to flicker, you’ve got an air leak. Weather-strip your doors and windows and inspect your walls, lighting fixtures, and outlets for leaks, as well.

Don’t Heat an Empty Home

If everyone is out of the house during the day, program your thermostat to turn down during this time. Program it to turn down when you go to bed, too, and crawl under extra covers to keep warm. Running the heater at a lower temperature when the house is empty or at night saves a lot of money.

Use Solar Heat

During the day, open your curtains and shades to allow the sun’s natural heat to permeate your home. This warms the indoor space and reduces the number of times your furnace runs. Once the sun moves away from a window, close the drapes or shades to trap the heat. Close all drapes and shades at night.

Cook

Stop ordering in. Cook your meals to warm up your kitchen and the rooms close by. You know how hot your home gets when you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner each year? Harness the oven and stove heat by cooking your dinner and using fans on low settings to circulate the extra heat out of the kitchen.

Buy New Curtains

If your curtains or shades are old and tattered, they are not protecting your home from the cold air outside. Even if you have dual-pane windows that are sealed, cold air still makes its way in through the panes. Replaced your curtains and shades with new ones designed to keep the cold air outside.

Turn On the Ceiling Fans

Set to the winter setting and running at a lower speed, your ceiling fans will actually help keep your home warmer. They send the hot air that naturally rises to the ceiling back down, reheating the room in which they’re operating. Normally, the winter setting is clockwise, but check your fan’s directions.

Use the Fireplace Wisely

A roaring fire in the fireplace only warms the room in which it’s burning. The other rooms in the home get colder, and depending on where your thermostat is located, your heater might actually run more. An open flue also allows cold air into your home, so close it the minute it’s safe to do so.

Finally, make sure to replace your furnace filters throughout the winter to help your heater run more efficiently. Also, call us here at Service First Pros in Auburn, GA, if you haven’t had a heater service in more than a year.

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