If you are looking to save money on energy bills this winter, there a number of things you can do.
Use the Sun for Heat
Keep the curtain open for any south-facing windows during the winter to bring free heat into the home. Be sure to close them once the sun goes down, in order to keep the heat inside.
Use a Ceiling Fan
It may seem strange to turn a fan on during the winter months, but homes that have better airflow can actually be more energy efficient. With a ceiling fan, you have more control over the airflow and ventilation. When you run it clockwise, it can help trap heat inside the room during the winter. Turn it on a low setting to help push the heat back down.
Adjust the Thermostat
The U.S. Department of Energy says you can save 10% a year on your bills by adjusting the thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees at night while you are sleeping. Use flannel sheets and a warm comforter to keep you warm while sleeping.
Heat Rooms You Use
If you are aren’t using rooms, such as a guest room, close and seal off the vents to give more direct airflow to the rooms you are using. You can also use space heaters in rooms you are in and set the thermostat lower.
Keep The Furnace Clean
Properly maintain your furnace and keep it clean in order to save money. Check the filter monthly and replace it when it’s dirty.
Use a Humidifier to Add Moisture
The air in the winter can become very dry. Moist air actually will feel warmer and helps hold heat, so adding a humidifier can make you feel more comfortable, especially if the thermostat is set at a lower temperature.
Use Exhaust Fans Only When Necessary
When you turn the exhaust fan on, it will pull the hot air that rises out of the home. Use these sparingly and be sure to turn them off when you are done.
Furnace Maintenance Professionals
Contact Controlled Climate Services, serving Kennesaw and the surrounding areas, for furnace maintenance, ceiling fan installation, programmable thermostats, and other heating services.