It’s that time of year again when the temperature drops and the furnace kicks on more frequently. That doesn’t mean that the energy bill has to skyrocket though. After having the furnace serviced by the experts at Diamond Heating and Cooling to ensure everything is running properly, try out these tips to keep energy costs low:
- Cover Drafty Windows
Use a film to reduce the amount of cold air coming through the windows. Another idea is to install insulating drapes or shades to keep the cold air from entering the room.
- Find Leaks
There are a lot of places in house that can leak air such as doors, windows, and more. Learn how to detect leaks and then seal them up tight to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
- Replace Weather Stripping
Weather stripping is great around doors and windows, but not if it’s old and worn. It’s easy to replace, and can significantly reduce air leaks. Some weather stripping needs to be replaced every few years, so it might be a good time to check.
- Use the Fireplace
Using the fireplace during colder months can cut down on furnace usage, lowering the energy bill and preserving the life of the furnace. The fireplace should be serviced before use each fall and a carbon monoxide detector should be installed.
- Keep Heating Vents Clear
For even heating, the warm air blowing out of the heat vents needs a clear path into the room. Furniture set over top of the vents will block air flow and will be less efficient.
Have the furnace serviced before the winter cold really sets in. If the heating bill starts skyrocketing this winter, talk to Diamond Heating and Cooling. There may be a problem with the HVAC system causing the spike in heating costs.