Stay Warm and Save Money This Winter by Using These Money Saving Tips
The calendar and the temperature tell us that winter is not far away at all here in Durham, NC. Although you might be feeling chilly, you are better served to throw a sweater on or do some home maintenance that will help you become more energy efficient, rather than turning your heating system on full blast.
The problem with turning the heat up too high means that your bills will climb high too. As a first job, get your furnace tuned-up for the season if you haven’t already.
A tune-up will make your unit more energy efficient and provide you with the peace of mind that your furnace will provide you with heat all winter long. Here are some other ways that you can keep warm without spending a bundle.
Windows and Doors
Although the vast majority of heat loss happens out of your walls if they aren’t properly insulated, your windows and doors are culprits as well.
A small crack in a window casing may seem small enough, but it is plenty big to allow costly warm air to escape. Take some time to inspect each window to make sure that all the frames and casings are intact.
If seals are loose or much deteriorated, you may want to replace them altogether. At the very least, fill in cracks with caulk. Check out your doors. Is there any space between the door and the doorframe? Fill in the gaps with weather-stripping. Using weather-stripping is a very cost-effective and low effort way to save money on heating costs.
Ceiling Fan Direction
Do you enjoy a cool breeze from your ceiling fan in the summer? How about a warm breeze in the winter? Don’t turn your ceiling fans off, just because it is winter.
In fact, leaving them on and running them in the opposite direction (clockwise). The movement of the blades captures warm air as it is rising and sends it back down into the room.
You determine the direction of the fan by standing beneath it and looking up. This will heat the room very effectively and you can turn the furnace down a couple of degrees, saving even more money.
Keep your warm air inside where it belongs by insulating your windows. Hang insulated drapes to block air flow in and out or put up solar shades that help convert sunshine to radiant heat in the winter.
Solar shades also block glare and UV rays, so your floors and furniture won’t get damaged by the sun. Another good trick is to hang window flam right on the window.