With the cool temperatures right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get ahead of the game to help avoid high heating costs throughout the fall and winter. Take control of your high costs, no matter your fuel source.
- Take advantage of the sun. Open your curtains during the day to get an extra heating boost from the sun. Even though it’s cold out, the warm temperature of the sun’s rays is enough to increase the temperature in sun-facing rooms.
- Cover drafty windows. Tape clear, plastic film to your frames or use a heavy-duty plastic on your windows to block the cold air when entering your home.
- Use a programmable thermostat. When you are home, have the temperature in your home as low as possible while still being comfortable. When you’re sleeping or not home, have the temperature drop 10 degrees to save an average of 10% a year on your heating bills.
- Rotate your fans. If you have ceiling fans in your home, have them running in reverse to push the hot air down to floor level.
- Get your furnace tuned up. Getting a furnace tune-up is one of the easiest ways to lower your heating bill each year. During these maintenance appointments, the filter will be replaced, the pilot light will be re-lit, it will be cleaned, and inspected for any damage.
- Close your damper. When your fireplace isn’t in use, close the damper on your chimney to stop the warm air in your home from escaping.
- Clean your wood and pellet stoves. Clean the flue vent regularly along with the inside of your stove to keep it running efficiently.