Ways to Keep Warm in the Winter

Jan 2, 2013 by

There are many ways you can save money while still staying warm this winter. There is no reason for you to be overspending on your heating bills, especially when there are simple things you can do around your home to keep you warm and comfortable this winter!

Mastering Your Thermostat

One of the easiest ways to save money is knowing how to utilize your thermostat effectively. If you lower your thermostat by ten degrees when you go to sleep you can reduce your heating bill by ten to twenty percent. Another important aspect is making sure that your thermostat is installed properly and programmed appropriately. Having a thermostat that isn’t properly installed or programmed will cause your thermostat to miscalculate your home’s temperature, making your room either colder or warmer than you would like. In addition to making you feel uncomfortable, having your thermostat set to a temperature that is too cool or too warm means that your heating system will have to run longer, costing you more money.

In terms of thermostat placement, it is important to make sure that it is in a central location in your home so that it can get an accurate reading of your home’s temperature. This will help prevent your home from having certain rooms that are much warmer, or much colder, than others. Additionally, make sure that your thermostat is not placed in direct sunlight or by a heat source because this will make your thermostat think that your room is hotter than it actually is, shutting off your heating system early and leaving you feeling cold and uncomfortable.

Understanding Your Appliances

There are some useful things to keep in mind when dealing with some of your household appliances. First off, putting a humidifier in your home will help you lower your thermostat temperature. Humidifiers release moisture into your home and moister air often makes you feel warmer and more comfortable. Even if this only helps you lower your thermostat by a few degrees, lowering your thermostat by just one degree can save you up to three percent on your heating bills.

You probably didn’t know this, but using a conventional fireplace to heat your home can actually make your home colder. Conventional fireplaces suck the heated air out of your home and exhaust it through your chimney. With heated air being pulled from different areas of your home, your heating system will run longer, causing your heating bills to increase.

Long-Term Solution

Although the mentioned techniques will help reduce your heating bills and keep you warm this winter, the best way to permanently reduce your heating bills is to contact the heating experts at Dodrill Heating and Cooling. A professional can check to see if your heating system is running efficiently and help you properly insulate your home’s interior to insure that all the heat that you are paying for stays in your home. Contact Dodrill Heating and Cooling today to schedule a free, no-obligation insulation estimate.

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