Cold weather is quickly approaching here in New York. That means it’s time to winterize your home to keep the heat in since heating your home typically makes up 42% of your utility bill. Keep reading to learn the best ways to efficiently heat your home this winter.
Fill the gaps and cracks
Check your windows and doors for any cracks or gaps. Use caulk to fill windows and use weather strips around your doors. Also, try a door draft stopper to keep the cold air from coming in under the door.
Check the filter
Checking and changing your furnace filter should be something that you do at least once every three (3) months or when it is visibly dirty. Not only will a clean filter help you cut costs on your energy bill, but it will help your furnace last longer and you will have cleaner air in your home.
Don’t block the vents
Keep furniture and curtains clear of your vents. Also, regularly clean from dust and pet hair. Having anything blocking the air from coming out will cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to, to warm your house.
Program your thermostat
“You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.”, energy.gov. If you have a programmable thermostat you can set it to a lower temperature while you are at work and sleeping. Then, while you are home it will go back to your preferred temperature.
Check the insulation
Did you know that 90% of homes are under-insulated? Having less than 12 inches of insulation means your home is probably losing heat. Now is a great time to check to see if you need more insulation.
These 5 ways to effectively heat your home are great but, the next time you update your furnace you should consider purchasing one that is energy efficient.
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