winter home

winter home

 

As much as you don’t want to admit it, winter is coming. A severe drop in temperature, snowy days and icy roads are just around the corner. You and your family will be spending a lot of time inside keeping warm.

With the low temperature comes the high heating bill. No need to worry, here are some great tips to help you cut the cost on your heating bill.

Lower the thermostat – Turning down the thermostat by 5 to 7 degrees when you’re at work will cut down your heating bill. Be careful not to turn it down any lower or you will put additional pressure on your heater causing it to work even harder.

Doors and Windows – Heat tends to escape the most through windows and doors. Putting new weather stripping around doors and caulking around doors and windows will keep the cold air out and your heat in. Installing or closing storm windows will make a big difference as well. Do you have large bay windows or a glass patio door? If so, as much as 20 percent of your heat will escape from these windows or doors. Using plastic film will prevent most of your heat from escaping.

Heating system tune up – It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your heating system during the colder months. Having a tune up done on your heating system will make your unit last longer and improve its performance. This tune up will save you money in the long run.

Block your chimney – Heat rises and it could be going right up the chimney! Be sure to close the doors on your chimney.

Hopefully these top tips will not only keep you and your family warm this winter but will cut down on your heating bill as well.