The holiday season can be hard on your bank account. Food, presents, and hosting company can all leave a dent. Saving money on your energy costs can help offset this dent just a little, without leaving family and guests feeling like they are visiting an igloo.
The following tips can help you keep your home comfortable over the holidays while reducing your overall energy costs.
Holiday Heating Tips
1. Open the Blinds
During the day when the sun is shining, open the curtains or blinds letting the warmth build up in your home.
2. Shut the Blinds
Once the sun is no longer entering your home, close all of the blinds and curtains, this will help you keep the warmth built up during the day in your home.
3. Seal Windows
If you have windows where you can feel the cold air rushing in, use some insulation tape and weather stripping to help seal them. This can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your home warm.
4. Use a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are key in helping you reduce your energy costs. You can keep your home comfortable during the day, then have your thermostat drop the temperature overnight, warming it back up before you get out of bed in the morning. Use extra or thicker blankets to snuggle up with at bedtime and save some money on your energy costs.
5. Keep Fans On
If you have ceiling fans, switch them over in winter to push the warm air back down into your rooms.
6. Have Ductwork Checked
If your home is having trouble heating up, even when the furnace is pumping, you may want to consider having your ductwork checked. Leaks in your ductwork can be a big drain on your furnace and your home’s heating costs.
7. Get Cozy
Placing cozy blankets throughout areas of your home can encourage family and guests to wrap up when they are cold. Adding layers can warm you up quickly and allow you to turn your thermostat down one or two degrees.
Baltimore’s Heating Experts
If your heating system is not keeping your home comfortable, contact the team at Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions. We can help you maintain your home’s heating system so that you and your guests can stay warm during the Holiday Season.