Keeping your home warm in the winter can be expensive. Luckily, however, there are some tricks you can employ that can help save you money while getting the max efficiency out of your furnace or heating system.
Below are eight FREE ways you can lower your monthly winter heating bills. While they may seem like insignificant changes, these easy eight steps can gradually help lower your winter heating bill. The best part of all is you don’t even have to spend money!
1. Lower your thermostat
Simply lowering your thermostat can save you upward of 3 percent per degree per 24-hour period. Luckily, even if you can’t commit to lowering the temperature for a whole day, you’ll save 1 percent for every 8 hours.
2. Wear socks
If you’re on the fence about lowering your thermostat, remember that you can always stay warm and cozy by putting on a pair of fuzzy socks or a sweater to keep yourself warm.
3. Insulate your windows
A good deal of residential heat loss happens through windows. You can help reduce this loss by opening the curtains and shades of windows that face south during daylight hours to capitalize on the sun’s warmth. Don’t forget to close your blinds and curtains once the sun sets for better insulation during a chilly night.
4. When not in use, keep your chimney flue shut
Keeping your chimney flue open is the same as keeping a window cracked. Keeping it closed when you’re not using it will help keep warm air in. While you’re at it, make sure your dryer vent is properly closed, too.
5. Keep your doors shut
When not occupied, shut the doors to the rooms in your home. Why keep them warm if they’re not in use? When a room is occupied, a closed door will help capitalize on heat.
6. Don’t let clutter block vents or radiators
This also includes rugs or furniture. Your home’s vents work to keep warm air circulating in your home. Blocking the vents prevents warm air from reaching you and it’s unsafe for these objects to be too close to heat sources.
7. Utilize your ceiling fans
Keeping a fan on low and setting it to circulate the air upward (clockwise) will force rising warmer air downward.
8. Clean your vents and radiators
The dust in your home can act as a natural insulator. This means that if your vents or radiators are covered in dust, it will restrict warm air flow.
If your heating bill remains unusually high despite these tips, we recommend giving Richmond’s Air a call to see how we can improve your system’s efficiency. We serve the entire Houston area.