Dayton, Ohio is one of the most fun places to live during the fall months. There are plenty of festivals, Octoberfests, flannel, football games, pumpkin-spiced lattes, and the list goes on. And yet, as the leaves change, the temperatures continue to plummet leaving undesirable rising heating bills.
While the colder temperatures are inevitable, there are proactive steps you can take to save money on your heating costs. We’ve put together a few tips from our team to help you enjoy the Fall and Winter months.
1). Seal Your Windows
It’s amazing how much heat is lost due to old, drafty windows. Thankfully, there are a few easy solutions to help keep the heat inside of your house.
First of all, caulk around the windows to get rid of any cracks that let in cool air inside your home. Second, consider adding curtains and/or shades to help block out the cold. You can also try covering your windows with plastic insulating film. This can be a bit cumbersome with pets and kids, but will assist in blocking out the cool air. Finally, it may make sense to replace your windows altogether with new windows. If you go the latter route, check out the Energy Star website for recommendations and possible tax breaks.
2). Turn on Your Ceiling Fans
This sounds counterintuitive. Who wants to add blowing air to already cold house, right? The truth is that warm air rises, and by turning on your fans, you are circulating the air to help provide a more comfortable room temperature.
3). Change Your Air Filters
If you are not regularly changing your air filter and cleaning your vents, this could be putting a strain on your furnace. This is especially true for pet owners as hair tends to clog up the vents and air filter. Do yourself a favor and regularly change your air filter for optimal performance.
4). Seal Your Doors (Including Your Garage Door)
Another big culprit of high energy bills include large gaps under your doors leading outside and garage doors. If you feel a gush of cold air coming from the bottom of your doors, it is time to add a door seal. This simple and cheap fix can improve your energy bills while also protect against unwanted critters in your home.
5). Insulate Your Walls and Attic
If you live in an older house, it’s likely that the insulation in your outer walls is not helping your heating bills. Check out our blown in attic insulation page to learn more about how this service can provide relief to your heating bills.
Winter months energy bills can be brutal, but with some proper planning and proactive care, you can take simple steps to reduce your bills. As always, if you’d like to be on our preventative maintenance plan or need a new high-efficiency furnace, be sure to contact us!