As winter rolls in, your utility bills can increase if you don’t make smart choices when using your heating system. Keeping your Nashville, Georgia home warm and cozy is important, but you shouldn’t have to drain your holiday funds to do it. Heat your home more affordably and efficiently with these tips.
Turn the Temperature Down at Night
You won’t need to keep the home as warm during the night as you do in the daytime. Set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees and you will see significant savings on your energy bill. To compensate for the difference, switch to heavy flannel sheets and add an extra blanket or two on the bed, and use appropriate sleepwear. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it so the house is warm enough when you have to get up in the morning.
Keep Your System Clean
A furnace that is clean and well-maintained will cost less to operate. Begin with an annual maintenance. Your HVAC technician will clean the unit, tighten connections, and oil moving parts as necessary to improve performance and lower your energy expenses. Continue to keep things clean yourself by changing the filter as needed.
Check Your Vents
Go through the home and carefully check each vent. Your vents should be open and unblocked. If furniture or any other item is placed too close to a vent, the air won’t circulate properly, and you will end up with hot and cold spots in the room. Closing the vent to an unused room seems smart, but this actually alters the pressure in the home and decreases your energy efficiency.
Let the Sun Shine In
Keep the curtains open during the day, particularly on windows that receive direct sunlight. This will let natural heat into your home. Close the curtains at night to retain this heat. Thick curtains can also help to keep the warm air in, and block the effect of cold air from the windows.
For more information about increasing the efficiency of your furnace, contact Ray & Son at (229) 686-5531. We can keep your system in peak shape for the maximum energy efficiency.
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