As the weather outside gets colder and the days get shorter, it’s time to start thinking about how to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Here are a few tips to help you stay warm all winter while keeping your energy bills in check.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you money on your heating bill because you can lower the temperature when you’re not home or asleep. For example, you can set it to lower the temperature by 10 degrees for eight hours while at work or school.
You can also use a programmable thermostat to take advantage of cheaper nighttime electricity rates if your utility offers them. Set the thermostat to raise the temperature an hour or so before you wake up in the morning.
Get Your Furnace Serviced Regularly
Servicing your furnace regularly is one of the best ways to keep it running efficiently. This means that it will not only heat your home better, but it will also use less energy and save you money on your utility bills.
So how often should you have your furnace serviced? Experts recommend once a year at the start of the heating season. This will ensure that it’s ready to work hard all winter long. And if you notice any problems with your furnace during the winter, be sure to call a professional immediately to repair it.
Seal up Cracks and Leaks
This will help keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside where it belongs. To seal up cracks and leaks, start by examining the exterior of your home. Look for any cracks or gaps in the siding, around windows and doors, and in the foundation. These are all places where heat can escape from your home. If you find any cracks or gaps, use caulk or weatherstripping to seal them up.
You should also look at your windows and doors to see if they need new weatherstripping or caulking. Even small gaps around these openings can let a lot of heat escape your home.
Add Insulation to Your Attic
Attic insulation is important because it helps keep heat from escaping through the roof. In the winter, you want to keep as much heat in your home as possible, and proper attic insulation will help you do that.
There are a few different ways to insulate your attic: spray foam insulation, rolled fiberglass insulation, and blown-in cellulose insulation. Each type of insulation has its benefits and installation process, so be sure to research before choosing the best option for your home.
Adding insulation to your attic is a relatively easy and affordable way to make your home more energy efficient in winter. Not only will you see lower energy bills, but you’ll also be helping to keep your home warm and comfortable all season long.
Use a Space Heater Wisely
Don’t use the space heater as your only source of heat. In other words, don’t turn off your central heating system and rely solely on the space heater. This is not only inefficient, but it can also be dangerous.
Place the space heater in the right spot. You want to place it where it will be most effective in heating the room, but you also don’t want it to be where it could be a tripping hazard.
Use a Humidifier
Using a humidifier can help your heating system work more effectively and keep your home at a comfortable temperature all winter.
Here’s how it works: when the air inside your home is dry, it can make it feel colder than it is. That’s because dry air doesn’t hold heat as well as moist air. A humidifier can also add moisture back into the air, which will help it hold heat better and make your home feel warmer.
These tips will help keep your home warm and your energy bills low this winter. Gery Heating can help you with all your heating needs, from maintenance to installation. Call us today to see how we can help you stay comfortable all winter.