Keep bundled up
This may seem obvious, but you should see if you can make yourself warm enough by bundling up before you turn up the heat. Sweaters, sweatpants, thick socks or slippers, and cozy blankets are sure to make the cold more bearable for you and your family. You can also add area rugs to help insulate tile or wood floors.
Allow the sun in
An easy way to heat up your home free-of-charge is by opening your blinds and curtains on sunny days so that the sun’s warmth can come in. If you’re home during the day, you can even sit in the sun and skip bumping up the thermostat a couple degrees. The sun can make a bigger difference than you might expect!
Adjust your programmable thermostat
By now, almost everyone uses a programmable thermostat, many consumers are even upgrading to a WiFi thermostat to monitor their furnace from a smart phone. If you don’t have one, getting one should be number one on your list of money saving ideas. Consumers Energy and many other utility companies offer their customers a rebate of up to a $100 to upgrade to a programmable or WiFi. Regardless of what type of thermostat you have, a great way to cut down on heating costs is to turn it down at night -5 to 8 degrees cooler than what it’s set at while you’re awake.
Keep your furnace clean
Making sure your furnace is clean and your vents are unblocked will greatly reduce your energy usage. You should also make sure to check your furnace filter often and replace as recommended. To learn about Bel-Aire Heating & Air Conditioning’s planned service agreement, click here. It may even be time for an upgrade – to see why a Lennox furnace may be right for you, click here.
Insulate your doors and windows
Check your windows and doors for a draft of cold air coming in from outside and apply weather stripping and door sweeps as necessary. You can also use plastic or bubble wrap over your windows to keep the cold air at bay.