Simple Ways to Lower Your Heating Bills and Make Your Home Cozier

November 27, 2007

One of the most common problems encountered by homeowners is a heating bill that seems to go through the roof as soon as the temperature outside turns chilly. Heating a home in the winter time has many challenges, especially in those parts of the country which are prone to long and cold winters. Fortunately, however, there are things those homeowners can do to reduce those home heating bills, while at the same time making the home warmer, cozier and more livable.

Some of the steps homeowners can take to protect their savings while at the same time enjoying a warm home include:

  • Keep unused rooms tightly closed to avoid excessive heating costs. Be sure the windows and doors in those unused rooms are tightly closed and well sealed.
  • Check the condition of your furnace filter. Often something as simple as replacing a clogged or worn out filter on the furnace can result in significant savings. The furnace filters may need to be changed more often during the winter months
  • If the home has a fireplace, be sure to keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use. A great deal of heat can be lost through an open fireplace damper.
  • If the home uses a forced air heating system, simply rearranging the furniture to optimize the flow of heat through the room can result in lower heating costs. Any pieces of furniture that block the vents and returns should be moved. Blocked vents or returns can make the furnace work harder and less efficiently.
  • Raising the humidity level in the home can help the room feel warmer without the need for raising the thermostat. Dry air can also cause health problems, such as increased sinus infections or even asthma attacks. Adding a humidifier to the home can help reduce these health issues while at the same time helping the home feel warmer and cozier.
  • Close any upstairs vents, and make sure all downstairs vents are kept open. Since the hot air rises and cold air sinks, this simple change can help to conserve energy and cut costs.
  • Have a thorough furnace and heating inspection done every year. The simple step of having the heating system inspected can be a real money saver, and catching problems early can result in lower repair costs and lower heating costs as well.
  • It is also a good idea to check the duct system every few years. Leaks and damage in the duct system could result in significant energy loss, and plugging those leaks is a great way to save energy and money.
  • Be sure to take full advantage of the power of the sun when the weather is nice. Opening the curtains and blinds on sunny days will help to heat the room at no cost to you, and that heat during the day can reduce the need for additional heating once the sun has gone down.
  • Consider adding a programmable thermostat to the home. A new programmable thermostat can make it easier and simpler to maintain the home at the desired temperature, while at the same time helping to reduce energy usage and keep the home more comfortable.

Implementing these energy saving tips is a great way to keep the home warmer, cozier, and more comfortable, no matter how cold the weather outside your door.

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