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Tips to Slash Heating Costs This Winter

You should focus on making your home more energy efficient before winter approaches. The following tips will make your home cozier while slashing heating costs.

Let the Sun in

The days are short this time of year, so take advantage of sunlight as much as you can. Opening your curtains will give your home much-needed solar warmth, allowing you to bump down your thermostat several degrees.

Make Your Home Airtight

The average home loses as much as 30 percent of heat through leaks around windows and doors. Replacing your drafty, single-pane windows with energy-efficient models can save you as much as $465 a year, according to Energy Star.

But if replacing windows is not an option, do your best to seal drafts. You should also use caulk to fill the cracks in the window frames. Since the gap under the door will allow cold wind to enter your living quarters, it may be necessary to install a door sweep or to apply weather stripping.

After you have eliminated as many holes as possible to make your home airtight, focus on improving your home's insulation. A well-insulated home will retain more heated air than a house with poor insulation, so it will help to lower your monthly energy bill when winter is here.

Keep Your Heater in Good Working Order

As long as your heater is up and running in tip-top condition, it will maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. That is why you must change the heater's filter regularly. Scheduling professional maintenance services is equally important.

Get a Humidifier

Cold weather produces dry indoor air, which is known to exacerbate skin and sinus problems. Therefore, you'll be doing yourself a favor by investing in a high-quality humidifier. Humidifying your living quarters will supply the warm air with moisture.

Use Your Ceiling Fan

Your ceiling fan is just as beneficial during winter as in summer. In winter, set your fan to spin clockwise. This will help distribute warm air throughout your home, lifting some of the burdens off of your central heating system.

For all of your electrical needs this winter, contact ElectricMan at (972) 362-1804.

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