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It’s the time of the year where it gets cold out side and we crank up the heat to keep warm. Before you do that and before it’s too cold to do anything, consider doing a few of these things to help you save on your heating bills this winter.
Turn your thermostat down and put in a blanket. I’m not saying turn it down 10 degrees, but even 3-5 degrees cooler, can save you money.
Seal air leaks in your attic, the attic entry. You don’t want to heat the house and have it go right out of the attic (heat rises!).
Add insulation in the attic and walls. Adding insulation will keep heat from leaving the house, but also make your home more energy efficient and warm.
Inspect furnace. This may be a job for a professional to ensure it is working efficiently.
Change the furnace filter. Dirty filters keep the furnacefrom running efficiently, so check it and change it often to keep the furnace working to capacity.
Insulate the attic access door. Keeps heat from escaping up into the attic.
Use your oven! Unlike the summer when you don’t like getting the house hot, cooking with oven in the winter is welcome as its double function of feeding your family and warming the house.
Have ceiling fans rotate clockwise in the winter. This will move the air downward and eliminate cold areas.
Replace weather stripping at the bottom of the doors. Inspect it to see if it is worn out and not working properly.
Check electrical boxes to see if they are allowing air to come in. This could be a sign that your walls are not insulated properly or the insulation has settled.
Inspect the exterior of your house for areas where you have pipes, wires, etc. coming in. Use expanding foam to fill the holes. (Also keeps out pests!)
Inspect the chimney damper to ensure it has a tight fit and no leaks.
Put a chimney balloon in your fireplace. This strange looking thing keeps the air from going out of your chimney (even if you have it closed). This should save your about $100 a year.
Install a programmable thermostat and keep the temperature turned down while you are out of the house.