Do you feel that chill in the air? Winter is well on its way! As we gear up for the cold, snowy weather, keeping warm is sure to be top of your mind. While many homeowners expect to take a hit keeping their home warm during the winter, there are ways to make sure your family stays comfortable while still saving energy and keeping your bill low
1. Set your thermostats for savings
You can expect to save between 1-2% of your heating bill for each degree you lower your thermostat. But that doesn’t mean you need to keep your home feeling like a walk-in freezer! Adjust the thermostat throughout the day so the temperature is comfortable while you are home. Program your thermostats to about 68 degrees (or as low as you can go and still be comfortably warm) when you are home during the day, and then drop it another 8 degrees or so when your home is empty or overnight while you’re sleeping.
2. Get a pre-winter HVAC checkup
Having your HVAC system checked at least twice a year (we recommend winter and summer) will make sure your system runs more efficiently. This includes cleaning or changing your furnace filters to ensure proper air flow; this will also help improve the indoor air quality!
3. Plug any leaks or drafts
Most of a home’s energy loss is due to drafts and air leaks. Inspect your doors, windows, fireplaces and recessed lighting for small leaks that can make it difficult to properly warm your rooms. Speaking of fireplaces, if you have one, keep the damper closed unless a fire is burning.
4. Take advantage of the sun
It might not feel like the sun can provide any heat, don’t ignore this natural heat source! Take advantage of the sun by opening the curtains and blinds on your west- and south-facing windows during the day to warm your house. Once the sun sets, close your window treatments to trap the warm air inside.
5. Switch ceiling fans to winter mode
Reverse your ceiling fans in the winter so it produces a gentle updraft, forcing the warm air that hangs out near the ceiling down into the room.
BONUS TIP: Control your water temperature
Set your water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or lower. This will save you money by reducing the amount of energy it takes to warm your water, it’ll also keep you from scalding yourself.
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