When the weather gets cooler, you’ll see higher energy bills from heating your home. Fortunately, there are some ways to minimize these costs. Use these 4 simple methods to heat your home efficiently and keep your family comfortable.
Seal Up Cracks and Gaps to Heat Your Home Efficiently
An airtight home keeps the heat indoors instead of letting warm air out and cold air in. Double and triple-paned windows and steel exterior doors help keep the heat inside your home.
The weatherstripping around doors and windows blocks gaps where air can escape. Over time, the weatherstripping becomes loose and deteriorates. Windows may shift in their frames and develop tiny cracks that let air through. Fill these cracks with caulk and apply new weatherstripping as needed to make the home airtight.
Have Your Heater Serviced
Before using your heater for the first time, have it serviced by a professional. This routine service will help the unit run more efficiently. Scheduling a regular HVAC maintenance visit will extend the life of the system.
Change the HVAC Filter
The HVAC technician will change the air filter when servicing the system, but the manufacturer may advise changing the filter more often, like every 30-60 days. Check the manual and put reminders on your calendar to change out the filter. A clean filter lets air flow through more freely so the unit doesn’t have to work as hard.
Use Thermal Drapes to Heat Your Home Efficiently
One of the simplest ways to heat your home efficiently is by adding thick thermal drapes over the windows. These types of curtains help insulate and keep warm air inside. On a sunny day, open the drapes to let the radiant heat from the sun warm up the room. Then, as the sun goes down, closes the drapes to keep the cold night air out.