9 Ways to Keep Your Home Warm While Saving Money
As energy costs continue to rise, homeowners are finding themselves searching for ways to save money on utilities like electricity and gas. Homes can be heated using either electricity or gas, and how high and how often you turn up your thermostat reflects on your utility bills.
No one wants to pay more than they have to in order to stay warm and comfortable during the winter months, so we came up with tips to keep your home warm. Our suggestions will help you feel a noticeable difference in how warm your home is without turning up the heat.
1. Insulate Your Home
Older homes that have not been updated or remodeled may sometimes be lacking insulation. If you have an older home that has not been insulated, investing in insulation will keep your home warm during the winter. Insulation can help trap heat inside your house and should be placed in places like the attic, walls, and underneath floors that are held up by wooden beams.
2. Leave Curtains Open
Let a little sunshine in! During the daytime, temperatures are usually warmer than they are at night, so leaving your curtains open will allow sunlight to warm your home. Natural light not only keeps your home warm but also brightens your home so that you don’t have to turn on lights during the day. This also helps to save money on utilities.
3. Turn Down the Thermostat
This may sound a little crazy but turning down your thermostat will help save money on your heating bill. Turning down the thermostat to a comfortable temperature that still allows you to stay warm can help you avoid your home getting too cold into the night while reducing your energy use.
4. Change Air Filters
We can’t stress this enough, air filters are important. Having a clean air filter and changing it regularly can make a huge positive impact on your home’s HVAC system as a whole. Your air filter will make it easier for your heater to produce hot air without working too hard and increasing the temperature on your thermostat.
5. Open Dampers
Dampers are found in your ductwork and adjust the airflow to your home. Opening the damper with the handle on your ducts will help keep the heat flowing throughout your home. To do this, search for a damper in your home that says “heat” and set it parallel to the duct line to get the most airflow.
6. Make Use of the Fireplace
A lot of homeowners go years without using their fireplaces and their chimney can sometimes get backed up with dust and debris. However, if you have a clean chimney and a fireplace that’s ready to use, we suggest you light it up! Your fireplace will keep a good bit of your home warm while providing natural heat and limiting how often you use your heating system.
7. Install a Smart Thermostat
An updated thermostat can take you a long way with your heating and cooling system. a programmable thermostat, or smart thermostat, allows you to reset the temperature throughout the day. No matter where you are, what time you’re waking up, or if you’re leaving out of the house you can set your thermostat on a timer to have your home heated and comfortable by the time you’re back.
8. Reverse the Direction of the Ceiling Fan
You’ve probably never heard of this — or maybe you did, and just didn’t believe it. But, you can change the direction of your ceiling fan during cold months. Reversing the fan pushes cold air upward and mixes it with heat that rises. The mixed air from the cold and warm will make you feel more comfortable and warm.
9. Contact a Genius!
If you’ve tried these methods and they only provided a temporary solution, we suggest you let us help you! At Service Genius we know that not every recommendation will work, and you will need help figuring out what’s going on with your system. We can inspect, repair, or replace your heating system for you! Give us a call at .