There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
Your first heating bill of the winter season may come as a shock to you, especially if you are constantly cranking up the thermostat. Every time you raise the temperature in your home, you're costing yourself some extra money. There are ways to stay comfortable in your home while keeping your thermostat at a constant temperature. See below for helpful tips to save you money on your heating bill this winter season.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature at higher or lower settings when you aren't home or at night when you maybe don't want things to be quite so warm. You can find programmable thermostats at your local hardware store that won't cost you a fortune. The investment on this type of thermostat may actually pay off, especially if you are still dealing with an older dial thermostat.
Check your attic for insulation. If you have inadequate insulation, you could be losing heat right through your roof. Contact an insulation-installation company about having insulation installed for you, or install it yourself and save a few bucks. You can purchase roll insulation or rent a machine at your local big-box hardware store to have your insulation blown in.
Caulk Around Windows and Doors
Check around your windows and doors, where you could be experiencing heat loss, and caulk any cracks both inside and outside of your home. Even the smallest crevice could be causing heat loss or even a draft inside your home. Also check the weather stripping around your windows and doors and add more if needed. Over time the weather stripping can wear away, rot, or get damaged, so repair any areas as needed.
It's winter, so wearing shorts and t-shirts may not be the way to go. It's time to pull out the long sleeves, sweatshirts, sweats (when lounging) and thicker socks. Wear slippers when at home to help keep your feet nice and warm and keep blankets on hand.
Put a Log on the Fire
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, use it. The fireplace will help keep you warm, and you don't have to use any natural gas to do so. Be sure to keep the fireplace clean and have it inspected or cleaned out before using it for the season. Built-up creosote can be dangerous and a fire hazard.
Use the Sun
Make use of that sunshine to help keep you warm. Open up the shades, curtains, and blinds and allow the sunshine in. The sun can warm up a room almost instantly, so let the sunlight in. In the evening, close your shades, curtains, and blinds to keep drafts at bay.
Be sure to also change your furnace filter often to help keep your furnace working properly and efficiently; this will also help save you money on your heating bills. Talk to a professional HVAC technician about other ways you can save money on your heating bill each month.