The Cleveland autumns can be cold and the winters even colder. Since we all need to be warm and comfortable in our homes, sometimes it means that our heating bills can get expensive. The tips below will help you save energy and money all winter long so you can stay comfortable without breaking the bank.
1. Take advantage of the sun’s heat.
During the day, open the curtains on the south-facing windows. This allows the natural sunlight to pour in and heat your home. At night, close the curtains to reduce the chill that’s produced by cold windows.
2. Adjust the thermostat.
On days that you are home, set the thermostat as low as possible as long as you’re still comfortable. You can wear warmer clothes too. When you’re asleep at night or out of the house, turn the thermostat down by 10° to 15° for eight hours. By doing this one trick, you can save around 10% annually on your heating and cooling bills. We recommend investing in a smart or programmable thermostat because it can make it easy to change the temperature.
3. Seal air leaks around doors and windows.
If you have leaky doors or windows, add weather-stripping or caulk to seal the leaks.
4. Maintain your heating system.
If you haven’t had your heating system serviced in the last year, schedule a service with a professional heating and cooling technician. It’s also important to replace your filter once a month or according to the manufacturer’s directions while the unit is in use.
If you have a wood and pellet-burning heater, the flue vent will need to be cleaned regularly and the inside of the appliance needs to be cleaned with a wire brush periodically to ensure the house is efficiently heated.
5. Reduce the heat loss from your fireplace.
Fireplaces can let a lot of heat escape from a home. To reduce the heat loss from the fireplace, keep the fireplace damper closed when a fire is not burning. When you keep the damper open when you don’t have a fire, it’s like having a window wide open in the middle of winter. Open dampers allow warm air to shoot up the chimney and escape, so keep them closed when you don’t have a fire burning.
If you don’t use your fireplace, you can plug up and seal the chimney’s flue. If you do like to use your fireplace, we recommend installing tempered glass doors as well as a heat-air-exchange system that will blow the warm air back into the room.
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