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Winter is quickly approaching, and as anyone from Ohio knows, you will want to make sure the heating system in your home is working properly. A properly functioning heating system will keep your house in Eastlake warm while helping your family stay comfortable and safe. That said, heating a home can be expensive.

In today’s post, the team at Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will cover three ways to save money while heating your home this winter. Our goal is to help you keep your house warm without losing money to inefficient energy usage. Read on to learn how to get the most out of your heating system and be sure to contact us if you have any questions.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

One of the best ways to ensure that you are saving money while also properly heating your home is to utilize a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats have been around for a while, and there are many affordable options for sale today. If you don’t yet have a programmable thermostat in your home, then you should strongly consider getting one.

Programmable thermostats allow you to easily keep your home at the optimal temperature. Perhaps you would like to heat your home less during the day when people are at work and children are at school and then have your furnace work harder to keep your home warm at night. A programmable thermostat allows you to establish these settings, and your furnace will automatically adjust based on the times and temperatures you set. This makes it easy to keep your heating settings at the level you desire without needing to take the time to adjust your thermostat twice a day.

You can also look into buying a smart thermostat for your home. These thermostats typically connect to WiFi, which allows you to have control over the temperature in your home wherever you go. Smart thermostats are more expensive, but the savings they lead to adds up over time.

Spending a little upfront on a programmable thermostat can save you a great deal on heating costs. It allows you to have more control over the temperature in your home and keep your heating costs lower when your house does not need to be heated as much.

Shut Doors, Windows, and Unused Chimney Flues

One of the biggest heating costs comes from wasted heat. Many houses have inefficiencies and leaks which allow heat to escape from the building. This puts more pressure on your furnace and forces it to work harder to heat your home. Out of all the places heat is lost in a home, doors, windows, and chimney flues are some of the most significant.

If you would like to keep your house warm and save money on your energy bill, then you will have to pay close attention to your doors, windows, and chimney flue (if you have one). Make sure to keep doors leading to the outside closed and check the seals around those doors. You can also keep interior doors to unused rooms sealed to avoid unnecessary heating. Close any windows to ensure that the heat in your home is not escaping to the outside world. If your windows seem thin and incapable of keeping heat in, then you may consider upgrading to windows with better efficiency.

Doors and windows are pretty easy to remember when it comes to saving money on heating, but many people forget about chimneys. Just like doors and windows, unused chimneys allow heat to escape to the outside world. This wasted heat costs you money and causes your furnace to work more often. Remember to close chimney flues when you are not using your chimney to avoid wasting energy.

Make Sure Your Heating System Is Up to Date

Finally, one of the best ways to save money this winter is to take the time to have a professional make sure your heating system is up to date before the cold weather hits. This will allow you to make any necessary repairs before they become an issue, while also discovering more ways to improve the efficiency of your specific heating system. At Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we offer a heating service call to look over your heating system and make sure that the heater, wiring, and ductwork is working properly.

By maintaining your heating system properly through yearly inspections, you will avoid unexpected repair costs. A heater going out in the middle of winter is extremely stressful and it can be costly. Avoid that unnecessary cost by catching potential issues before they become major problems.

Contact Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

We hope that these tips help you save money this winter. Remember to look for inefficiencies, and try to catch problems before they arise. Doing so can lead to significant savings this winter.

Is your heating system ready to keep your family warm this winter? Temperatures are quickly plunging and snow will soon be covering the ground in Cleveland. Contact Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to schedule a heating service call and make sure your heater is ready for the winter.