As the leaves continue to fall, many New England homeowners are dialing up the heat. This means shelling out more money to keep your home warm and cozy. But there are ways to save on your heating bill this winter without wearing excessive layers or shivering through the season. Here are seven tips from the pros at Cormack Construction:
1. Change your furnace filter.
One of the best ways to help reduce your heating costs this winter is to make sure your furnace air filter is clean. Check it every 30 to 60 days and change it as needed. A clogged air filter will decrease the operating efficiency of your heating system—resulting in increased energy costs, a risk of overheating and breakdowns, and ultimately, a decreased lifespan of your equipment. It’s important to note that even a slightly clogged filter can hamper air and heat distribution.
Safety Tip: Install a carbon monoxide detector near your heating system. Since a carbon monoxide leak has no smell, installing an alarm provides added safety. This is an especially important safeguard if you have an older heating system.
2. Let the sun shine in.
An easy way to decrease your heating bill is to keep your curtains open when the sun is shining brightly. This will help heat your home naturally. Likewise, when it is dark or cloudy and cold outside, close your curtains to help insulate your home.
3. Reverse your ceiling fan blades.
Switching your ceiling fan blades to rotate clockwise will help pull warm air down from the ceiling and into your living space.
4. Seal window and door cracks.
To keep the warm air in and the cold air out, seal any gaps or cracks around your doors and windows with caulk or weatherstripping. Your home will feel warmer and cozier, and you’ll save money on your heating costs.
DID YOU KNOW? On average, heating accounts for 40% of a typical home energy bill.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy.
5. Run your heating fan constantly.
Run your fan system 24/7 to continuously distribute warm air throughout your home. This will help reduce isolated cold spots and the urge to constantly turn up the heat to warm those areas.
6. Close some vents.
Closing a vent in an unused area of your home is a good way to reduce your heating costs. However, if you shut off too many areas in your home, you’ll risk overheating your furnace.
7. Consider installing a programmable thermostat.
Keeping a home warm when no one is in it is a tremendous waste of money. To conserve energy, install a programmable thermostat so you can automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day. You may set the temperature to drop several degrees lower when your family is at work or school, and automatically kick back up when you return home. If you enjoy sleeping in cooler temperatures, you can also program your thermostat to go down a few degrees when you go to bed at night.
Home Building and Remodeling in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, White Mountains, and Eastern Maine
For over 40 years, area homeowners have trusted Cormack Construction Management with their home construction, remodeling, and repair needs. If you need help with a project, contact the Cormack team for a free, no-obligation consultation.