Keep Your Winter Heating Costs Under Control

Keeping your home warm and your family comfortable this winter doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  Whether you are installing a new, energy-efficient furnace or new heat pump or if your existing system is still going strong, here are a few ideas to cut down on your energy usage and minimize your impact on the environment.

Replace your air filters regularly.  Frequency varies depending on the type of filter and your personal situation, but standard filters should be replaced at least every three months.  Replace high-efficiency pleated filters a little more often.  They do a great job at keeping the air in your home cleaner, but because they capture so much dirt, dust, dander, and other airborne particles they can clog up faster than standard flat filters.

Be sure your supply and return registers are not blocked by furniture, drapes, carpets, etc.  You want the air to flow freely throughout your house for maximum efficiency.

Turn your ceiling fans to reverse and set them on low.  This will circulate warm air from the ceiling down to lower levels without creating a draft or breeze.

Set your thermostat back at night and while you are away from home during the day.  Better yet, install a programmable thermostat that will automatically take care of adjusting the temperature so you will not have to remember.

Don’t let bathroom or shower exhaust fans run longer than needed.  These can pull a surprising amount of warm air out of the home if left running longer than necessary.

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