Take a look at these hot tips to help lower your heating bill this winter.
1. Ready, set, lower! If you have a programmable thermostat, adjust the settings according to when you’re home and when you’re away. The more you reduce the temperature, the more you may save. But don’t set the temperature too low, as this can affect humidity and air circulation in your home leading to condensation and moisture issues.
2. Seal those pesky air leaks. An easy way to deal with drafts is to add weatherstripping and caulking in areas that are prone to heat loss. Most air leakage in an average house occurs in basements (25%), exterior electric outlets (20%), windows (13%), and vents (10%). But those aren’t the only sources of heat loss. Check for leaks around doors, dryer vents, and pipes.
3. Service your furnace. An efficient furnace will run better and keep your house warmer, so have it serviced every winter. If your furnace is old, consider replacing it with a new, energy-efficient model. If you can’t afford to replace your furnace, at least replace the filter every three months. A dirty filter may require your furnace to work harder.
4. Layer up. Instead of cranking up the thermostat, dress in base layers closest to your skin and then add cozy sweaters. Base layers made of wicking fabrics keep you dry by pulling moisture away from your skin while still insulating you against the cold. And don’t forget your feet. Pull out your warm socks and cozy slippers!
5. Let the sunshine in. On sunny days, open the blinds in all the rooms in your home to let warm rays shine through to naturally heat your home. Don’t forget to close your curtains or blinds at night when the temperature drops. Just like that sweater you pull on when the temperature drops, they help prevent heat loss and create an air pocket between your cozy room and icy windows.
6. Get cozy at night. Now’s the perfect time to swap your cotton sheets for flannel. Use layers of blankets or a down comforter to help stay warm during those frosty winter nights. A great time to buy blankets and extra throws is at the end of the winter season when they’re on sale.
7. Check your attic’s insulation. Your attic may be nicely filled with insulation, but it’s still a good idea to check for air leaks.
8. Reverse air flow. Usually you associate a ceiling fan with cooling the house, but if your fan has a reverse setting, take advantage of it. Flip the switch and feel the cold air move upwards and push warmer air (that’s risen to the ceiling) back down where it’s needed.
9. Put down a rug. Carpets and rugs can help keep rooms warmer and take the chill off from under your feet. Add a rug or roll of carpet to your floor, and you’ll immediately feel the difference.
10. Home stage for the winter. Not only will changing the placement of your furniture freshen up the layout of your room, it may help keep you warmer, depending on where you position your furniture. For example, if your couch is placed against an external wall, you’re likely to feel cooler.
Try a few of these toasty tips to help save you money and keep Old Man Winter out of your house. Your family and your wallet will thank you. And you’ll stay cozy and comfy all winter long!