As the temperatures drop and melancholy weather sets in every winter, many of us Midwesterners tend to enjoy the warmth of cozy blankets, crackling fireplaces, and sufficiently-heated homes. Unfortunately, cranking up the furnace also cranks up your heating bill, which can put a big dent in your budget, especially around the holidays.
According to ConsumersEnergy.com, “heating your home is the largest user of energy.” On average, it makes up a whopping 29% of your home energy budget. With that in mind, imagine the money you could save if you could trim down that percentage this winter season. There are many methods to help conserve energy and your budget—some are executed by professionals and some are DIY tasks.
Your furnace is at the front lines of the battle against the winter cold. When it isn’t running well, your furnace will have to work harder to sufficiently heat your home, thus making it more costly to run. For that reason, keeping it running smoothly and efficiently can do wonders for keeping your home warm and keep your heating bill down. Heating and A/C experts, like our friends at Bob Hamilton, can perform the proper maintenance needed to ensure that your heating system is functioning at its peak performance.
A furnace tune-up can include the following:
- Changing the filter
- Lubricating parts
- Replacing parts
- System adjustments
- Safety inspection
Proper maintenance should be done regularly before the cold weather hits in order to prevent lessened efficiency and costly mechanical issues.
Beyond furnace maintenance and repair, there are many other things you can do on your own to help your home stay heated during the gloomy days of winter. Some of the most important maintenance methods involve improving warm air circulation and preventing “infiltration”—outside air leaking into your home via cracks and crevices.
According to Energy.gov you can:
- Open curtains and blinds on south-facing windows to let in the sun’s heat during the day.
- Lower the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away from home.
- Cover the inside of drafty windows with clear plastic sheets.
- Add caulk or weather-stripping to prevent infiltration through cracks and crevices, particularly around windows and doors.
- If have a working fireplace and use it, use it as a secondary source of heat when you’re home and then close the damper when you’re not.
- If you never use your working fireplace, plug the chimney flue.
By committing to these routine methods, you can help your home stay plenty warm and toasty without breaking the bank.
By investing in the professional and DIY improvement of your home heating system, keeping your family warm without hurting your budget can be easy, even during a crazy Midwest winter. The cold weather is fast approaching—the official start of winter will be here before you know it—so now is the time to call Bob Hamilton and get started.
When your family and your wallet are safe from the frigid melancholy of winter, you can fully enjoy the warmth of cozy blankets, crackling fireplaces, and a well-heated home.
This blog post was submitted by our friends at B.L. Rieke Custom Homes
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