The chilly weather is coming to Daphne, Alabama. But you may not want to use your furnace just yet, because you’re dreading the higher utility bill that follows. There are several easy steps you can take to cut heating costs this winter.
Learn to love socks. When your feet get cold, the rest of your body will feel the same. Wear warm socks or slippers to keep your toes feeling toasty. Wear layers and long sleeves in the house. You’ll be warmer without needing to bump up the thermostat.
Invest in insulated drapes for your windows to keep the warm air in, especially at night. If you have wood or tile floors, buy some rugs to keep the floors from getting cold.
Keep the Heat Inside
Lock all windows and patio doors to get a better seal. Cover them with plastic to prevent drafts. Open window coverings during the day to take advantage of the sun’s warmth, and close them at night to keep the warmth inside.
Look for light between doors and their frames. Replace worn weatherstripping where light leaks in. If you have a fireplace, close the flue when you aren’t using it.
Watch the Thermostat
Lowering your thermostat by a few degrees can result in huge savings. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to save even more. These units adjust the temperature automatically when you’re away and asleep.
Smart thermostats allow you to make changes remotely, no matter how far away you are from your home. They also provide recommendations to help lower energy use.
Service the Heater
One of the easiest ways to cut heating costs is by maintaining your heating system. Think about enrolling in a preventative maintenance plan for regular maintenance and service that will keep your system running in tip-top shape all year.
At Keith Air Conditioning, Inc., we offer preventative maintenance agreements and are glad to repair or replace your aging system. Call us at 251-476-3610 for expert service with a smile.