Cold weather can drive you inside in an effort to stay warm. Many people crank up the heat and then pay the price in energy costs. While it may be necessary to turn up the heat, you could still be spending too much. Thankfully, there are some easy fixes that can help retain the heat in your home while also saving you money each month. Follow these simple solutions to keep the heat in and the costs down.
Make Sure Vents Aren’t Blocked
The more vents that are available to blow warm heat throughout the home, the better your home will stay warm and cozy during the fall and winter. Sometimes it may require moving things around in order to have access to more vents. Move curtains out of the way or rearrange furniture so that the warm air can easily circulate throughout the home and you can get the most out of your HVAC system.
Use Your Curtains and Drapes to Your Advantage
In the summer, you want to close your blinds to keep heat out, but the opposite is true for winter. Open the blinds and curtains to let the sun’s rays in during the day. Capture what heat you can during the day and then close the curtains at night to insulate and keep the head in and colder temperature out. Also, be sure your windows don’t have any cracks or gaps so that the heat is sure to stay inside.
Close Off Rooms Not In Use
If you spend a significant time in one portion of the house instead of another, closing the doors to the unused rooms can make a world of difference. Closing doors to rooms will ensure that the warm air stays in and the cold air stays out, making your office or bedroom a comfortable, cozy place to be. Room dividers can even be a great investment to break up larger spaces and keep the heat in. You will be surprised at what a difference just closing the door can make to retain more heat in your home.
Install a Programmable Thermostats
Another great way to manage the temperature in your home is with a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature at different settings for different times of the day. For instance, you can save on heating costs by setting the thermostat to a cooler temperature when you aren’t home during the day. If you program it to set to a higher temperature right before you come home from the office, your home will be nice and warm by the time you step foot in the door but you didn’t have to use energy all day long to achieve this goal. This is a great way to save on heating costs this season.
For more information about programmable thermostats or to schedule your yearly HVAC maintenance inspection, contact Comfort Experts today.