When the weather outside is cold and dreary, nothing really beats staying home. It’s comfortable, cozy, and above all, warm. Or rather, it should be. With heat often making up more than 40% of a utility bill, it’s no surprise that many homeowners find themselves turning away from using their heating units and layering up instead.
Fortunately for you, you don’t have to choose between a costly bill or walking around your home all winter like the Marshmallow Man. Here are a few tips to reducing heating costs in your home:
Schedule A Tune-Up
Your heating system is made of many components, each vulnerable to wear and tear. Keeping your system well maintained can limit the degradation of these parts, and is often the only way to prevent your heating system from breaking down.
Utilize A Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are an excellent way to automate your home’s heating and cooling systems, and in turn, save you money. In fact, many smart thermostats come equipped with an energy savings setting, putting your home at the ideal temperature to reduce heating costs during the winter months.
Install Weather Strips
Weather strips are easy to install and are a perfect, cost effective solution when it comes to reducing heating costs. Weatherstripping can reduce your heating/cooling bills by as much as 30 percent, as it seals up cracks where warm air may be escaping your home.
Check Your Windows
Another cost effective solution is to check your windows and use them to your advantage. Letting the sun in during the day is an easy, natural way to heat up a room, but make sure you shut the blinds and drapes after the sun goes down to trap as much of that heat as possible.
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