We’re all thankful for our heaters in the winter, but we’re not always happy about the amount of energy used. If you’re struggling under the weight of your heating bill, then here are some energy efficient ways to keep your home warm throughout the rest of winter.
Increase your insulation. Not the simplest job, but certainly the most effective. You can even ask around your local service provider to find a company who sells recycled insulation.
Find and seal all drafts. Use caulking or foam sealant on non-movable sources such as window frames, and use weather-stripping or even something like a rolled up towel under movable sources such as doors.
Take advantage of solar heat. Open curtains on south and west facing windows during the day.
Reverse your ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans have a reverse setting for winter. By reversing the fan blades to rotate clockwise you pull down the risen heat preventing it from escaping through the roof or walls.
Use a programmable thermostat. This regulates the temperature while you’re at home and when you are away.
Cover bare floorboards. Floors account for as much as 10% of heat loss when not insulated. Using rugs and blankets will not only help this problem, but keep your feet warm as well!
All of these tips are a great way to increase the efficiency of your heating system, but–not to put too fine a point on it–you do want to make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly. Let the team here at Tri-City Heating & Air Conditioning check it out and give it a tune-up if needed!