In our last blog, we covered a few ways that can help you keep your home comfortable and warm this winter. Today, we’ve got a few more tips that will keep you cozy without sending your heating bill through the roof. If you need help with your heater or you’ve been having problems with your plumbing, give us a call here at Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. We’re Eastlake’s plumbing and heating experts.
Make Sure Your Heater or Furnace is Working Before You Need It
It’s a good idea to check that your heater works before you need it. By turning the heat on when it’s slightly chilly and not downright cold, you can see how well it is working. If your furnace doesn’t kick on or it takes a surprisingly long time for the house to warm up, you might need to have your heater serviced. A service can be a relatively simple and easy to schedule appointment if you do it before the first big cold snap. Don’t hope that your heater works when you really need it: be prepared and check it early.
Use the Sun for Free Heat
In the last entry, we talked about using curtains to help keep heat in at night but during the day, open the curtains up to take advantage of the heat from the sun! You might be shocked by how much money you can save by letting Mother Nature keep your place warm during the day. Don’t forget to pull the curtains closed once the sun starts to set, though!
Close the Doors to Unused Rooms
When you were a kid, your parents probably told you to keep the door closed because they didn’t want to pay to heat the outdoors, right? The same principle applies to all of the different rooms in your home. If you have a spare bedroom or office that you aren’t going in and out of all day, keep the door shut. Unused rooms tend to be cooler, and you don’t want to overtax your furnace by making it work nonstop to stem the tide of chilly air flowing out of a room no one spends much time in.
This sounds obvious because it is, but wearing warmer clothing means you’ll spend less on heating your home. We’re not saying you should wear a parka to bed, but just slipping on a pair of warm socks when you get home from work can keep you feeling more comfortable in lower temperatures. The less work your heating system has to do, the lower your bills will be. Plus, this is a great way to get more value out of your winter clothing!
Come back next month for even more tips about keeping warm and cozy when the temperatures start to dip. If your heater is on the fritz, give us a call at Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. Our plumbing and HVAC technicians are highly skilled and trained to be able to tackle any problems.