Money-Saving Tips for Fall and Winter

Do you think that there’s no escape from pricey heating bills during fall and winter?  The cost of electricity isn’t going down any time soon, but there are many things you can do to save money and still keep the house warm! 

When saving energy, it’s important to think about what’s happening to the heat in your home, how it is being kept inside. Looking into this can help your furnace be more efficient and keep your home warmer.

Let Heat in From Outside

During fall and sunny winter days, open the blinds and let the light in. The sun is an excellent natural heat source that is not only good to warm up your home, but it can also positively affect your family’s emotional health.   But don’t forget to close the blinds at night to keep that heat in.

Keep Heat Inside 

Making sure that everything is well-sealed in your home is one of the best ways to keep all the heat from the furnace inside. Sealing leaks from windows and doors can help to retain both the heat in your home and the money in your pockets. 

Search and Seal

Drafty windows: One way to determine whether your windows are not correctly sealed is by holding a candle close to the seams. If the flame is not straight up, there’s a draft. For an easy and inexpensive fix, you can wrap the windows using plastic stretch wrap. Very easy, convenient, and you can take it down again in the spring.  

Garage door: Leaks in the door of an attached garage can be a cause of energy loss. Check that the door is fully touching the floor, and that there are no drafts at the top or sides.

Weather stripping: Replacing worn weather stripping on doors and windows can cut down on your heating bills significantly. To check for heat loss through windows or doors, get a handheld hair dryer and a friend. Go around from the outside, and direct the air toward the doors and windows while your friend checks from the inside to see whether there’s any air coming in.  

Dried caulk on window frames: With changes in temperatures, the caulking on the windows can get dry and break up. After finding windows that need re-caulk, remove the old caulk using a blade, clean the surface and fill in with polyurethane caulking. 

Insulation — the More, the Merrier

Many homes that were built before the 80s are under-insulated, especially in the attic, which can really increase energy loss. Upgrading the insulation of your house can help you save significant amounts on heating bills. 

Adding carpets and area rugs can also help to insulate a room. They have many benefits such as soundproofing, feeling great on your feet, and making a room feel cozy. 

Drapes can also help with maintaining the heat in your home. Heavier fabrics and/or thermal drapery linings tend to block cold air and keep heat in the house.  

Losing Heat Through the Fireplace

There’s nothing nicer on a cold day than sitting in front of the fireplace. The fireplace can be a great source of warmth, but it can also be a major source of heat loss. 

When you don’t have the fire going, don’t forget to close the damper to conserve your in-home heat. There’s also the option of installing glass doors on your fireplace, which can also be a nice touch in the room’s decor. 

Humidity Levels

Your home’s humidity level in your home is important, maybe more so than you would have thought. If a room is too dry, it makes the room feel colder than the actual temperature (and it’s not good for your health either).  

By using a humidifier, the air will feel warmer, boosting the efficiency of your furnace. You can even put a lower setting on your thermostat, and you won’t feel the difference. Not only that, moisture in the air is kind to wood furniture and floors, and can decrease the risk of asthma attacks and other respiratory disorders. 

Programmable Thermostat

With a programmable thermostat, you can customize different temperatures for different times of the day. For example, you can turn the heat down while you’re away or sleeping. 

By investing a little extra money in a smart thermostat, homeowners could save up to 15% on energy bills. Some devices are web-enabled, allowing you to change settings from your smartphone.

Maintain Your Furnace

Keeping your heating system well-maintained is the key to ensuring its maximum efficiency. Here are some things you can do to keep unit running smoothly.

Make sure to:

Change the furnace filter regularly during the season

Clean any grime

Have vents open and cleaned

Clean the blowers

Have the area around the furnace clear: keeping stored items three to five foot away from the furnace. It not only helps the air circulation, but it’s also a safety issue. 

Professional Maintenance

The best way to enhance the performance of your unit high is to have regular maintenance. A qualified professional will know exactly what to do to keep your unit running well, which may prevent major repairs in the future. 

These experts can quickly identify problems and recommend corrective actions.  If you have an older furnace, you may want to consider replacing it with a newer, high efficiency furnace.  Your HVAC professional can help you select the best unit for your home. 

Call Forney Heat at (214) 924-9745 for the best in HVAC maintenance and repair. Our experts are happy to sit down and discuss your needs with you for solutions within your budget.

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