As we all know winter can be a bit of a bear, and with the current lockdown restrictions it feels as though we’re being forced into hibernation. With the cold weather upon us, and having to spend more time at home, it’s a great time to implement some efficient heating tips, to keep you warm and cozy, while reducing your monthly utility costs.
CHECK YOUR AIR DUCTS
Over time, your air ducts can get dirty, clogged or even have leaks all of which cause you to lose heat to your desired areas. It’s been estimated that due to leakage, many forced system loses 20 to 30% of their efficiency. If you can’t remember the last time you’ve cleaned your ducts, now might be the time to look into it, it could help reduce your monthly heating bill.
CLOSE YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS PROPERLY
Another common area where homes loose heat is through doors and windows not being closed/sealed properly. Check your windows to ensure that they’re not only closed, but also latched properly creating a tight seal to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
CHANGE YOUR FURNACE FILTER
I’m as guilty as the next person for very rarely changing my furnace filter. Furnace filters provide obvious benefits to ensure clean air circulation, but a dirty filter not only becomes less efficient, but also prevents the warm air flow from circulating as freely as intended. Replacing your furnace filter is a cheap and easy way to increase your homes air flow, improve the air quality and hopefully save you a couple dollars on your heating bill.
CREATE A SCHEDULE FOR YOUR THERMOSTAT
Reducing the temperature in your home by even one or two degrees, can surprisingly save you 1-2 percent off your monthly bill. Most thermostats allow you to create a daily schedule that will automatically adjust the temperature in your home. As a starting point, try reducing the head while your sleeping. Many people find a cooler home at night creates a cozier sleeping environment not to mention having the knowledge that you’re saving money should also help you sleep like a baby.
USE A HUMIDIFIER
Moist air contains more heat and can help to maintain a consistent temperature in your home. One option is obviously a humidifier, but you can also consider adding a few extra house plants which will brighten up your home as well as increase your heating efficiency.
Although most people only think about their ceiling fans to cool things off in the summer, they can also work to help distribute heat in the winter. Ideally, you’ll want to switch the fan into the reverse direction so that the blades run clockwise (there’s often a small button at the base of your fan).
During the winter, the warm air can get trapped up near the ceiling. With your fan running in reverse, it can help suck up the cooler air and circulate the trapped warmer air. Just remember to switch the fan direction back to normal in the summer.
USE YOUR FIREPLACE
Whether you have a wood fireplace or a gas fireplace, putting them to use can not only create a cozy home environment, but it can also to help to heat the rooms you need without the inefficiency of heating all the rooms that aren’t in use.
CLOVE YOUR VENTS
We often have rooms in our home that seldom get used (basement, spare bedrooms etc). Close the vents in these rooms to ensure warm air isn’t getting wasted, necessarily heating them.
Try implementing some or all of these simple solutions for a more comfortable home environment while at the same time reducing your heating costs.