October is flying by and with the changing of the leaves, we know that it is only a matter of time before the weather takes a drastic turn.
Winter is just around the corner.
As always, it is a good idea to get the furnace cleaned and checked before the winter begins. You should also change the filters often. Preventative maintenance will save you money.
Here are a few other things you can do to keep heating costs down, while enjoying a healthy and comfortable winter:
Get a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is an investment that will pay for itself. Programmable thermostats give you control to lower your thermostat at night, while you are out of the house, etc. Placing the thermostat in the right place in your home and programming it appropriately will save you around 10 to 20%. If you already have a programmable thermostat make sure it is programmed correctly and that you are ready for the cold.
Check Your Seals
It’s a good idea to check your electoral outlets to make sure there are foam insulation gaskets. Install the do-it-yourself seals on outer doors and windows to keep drafts at bay. Make sure your window frames are free of any cracks and fill in or replace as needed. If you have a room or area of the home you don’t use seal it off so you don’t heat it unnecessarily. For windows that cause heat loss and the cool to seep in install plastic film. Seal exposed ductwork and if you have less than 7 inches of insulation it is a good idea to get an upgrade.
While doing your seal check, make sure to repair any broken windows or fill in any holes in the attic, crawl space or basement (not only will this save you from heat loss it will keep any critters out too.)
Cover Up or Open Up
Grab a sweater and socks and cover up, warmer clothes will keep you warm instead of unnecessarily turning up the heat too high. Cover up those windows too, windows without sun exposure on a windy day close the drapes to keep any drafts from coming into your home.
During the cool months make sure that all doors and windows are closed and open south-facing window curtains/drapes/blinds during the day to let the sunshine in for natural warmth.
Re-Think the Fireplace
Traditional fireplaces can suck the warm, heated air right out of your home. Think about replacing it with a direct vent or a vent free fireplace. If replacing your fireplace is not an option, make sure to keep the damper shut when not in use and for extra coverage seal the opening shut.
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