5 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter While Cutting Costs
At this point in the winter, you’re probably starting to notice your heating bill getting bigger. If the thought of finding the energy bill in your mailbox has you filled with dread, you’ve come to the right place. The energy experts at Air Works Heating & Air have compiled this essential list of the top five heating tips to help you get that bill under control. Before you resign yourself to living with arctic temperatures for the foreseeable future, here are our five heat saving tips to lower that bill and keep your home cozy
Clear the Space in Front of Radiators, Vents, and Registers
This is one of the easiest energy-saving tips to tackle. If any of your furniture is blocking radiators, vents, and registers, you’re also blocking the warm air from entering your home. Simply moving your furniture out of the way is a quick way to increase airflow in your living spaces. This means you won’t have to set the thermostat as high to achieve a steady house temperature during the winter. The result is that you’ll save a ton of money with very little effort.
Winterize Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are the most common places for that coveted winter heat to escape. It’s extremely important to make sure all your windows and doors are properly winterized to minimize energy loss. Here are a few ways you can winterize these areas:
- Replace screens with glass panes – Many windows and doors come with the option to swap out the outside pane of glass for a screen during warmer months. Opening a screened window in the summer is a great idea because it increases airflow, which helps you save on air conditioning costs in the summer (while also keeping bugs out). However, that same airflow can spell big trouble for energy costs in the winter, as your temperature controlled air has a greater chance of escaping. Swap out those screens for glass to keep the winter heat inside where it belongs.
- Seal unused windows and doors with plastic – Purchasing a plastic heat seal kit is one of the most overlooked heating tips, but it’s a small investment with a big return. The sealed plastic keeps warm air in and cold air out. This effectively stops any energy leaks you may be experiencing.
- Replace dry rotted weatherstripping – If your weatherstripping is dry rotted, you have an air leak. Weatherstripping is another low cost, high return investment that helps regulate your winter house temperature, and, even better, it’s a simple task to DIY.
Change Furnace Filters
Furnace filters collect dust, allergens, hair, and other debris floating around the home, and protect your furnace from clogging with these particles. To keep your furnace running smoothly, furnace filters should be replaced every three months. If you haven’t replaced your filter in a while, chances are your furnace is working overtime to compensate. A new furnace filter costs next to nothing compared to the amount you’ll spend on a constantly running furnace to keep your winter house temperature steady.
Utilize Blinds and Curtains to Retain Heat
Blinds and curtains play a surprisingly big role in maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. Keep blinds and curtains open on south-facing walls during daylight hours to let natural heat into your home, and close them at night to reduce draftiness. Blackout curtains can also help trap winter heat inside, which further reduces energy costs.
Get an HVAC Inspection
You likely know that an HVAC inspection is important when buying a new home, but this is also one of the best heat saving tips in our arsenal. Your HVAC system may have decreased in performance since it was last checked, so be sure to call the pros at Air Works Heating & Air to perform an HVAC inspection. They’ll also give you a personalized list of additional heat saving tips you can work on addressing.
This essential list of the top five heating tips can have a big impact on your energy bill. So, stop that shivering, give your thermostat a break, and get working on these simple changes.