Now that it’s getting colder and energy costs are expected to rise, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep those bills down.
Put Your Ceiling Fans On “Winter Mode”
Most fans on the market have what’s known as “winter mode” that allows it to turn clockwise in the winter months. When the fan runs in this direction, it pushes warmer air down to the floor.
Turn Down Your Heater
Heating your home warm in the winter takes a lot of energy. Keeping your heater at 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home and 55 when you’re out can save your furnace a lot of strain.
Take Advantage Of The Fireplace
If you have a fireplace in your home, use it during the winter—a great way to warm your home and keep your heater on a lower setting. Even better if you have a heat-air exchange system that blows warm air back into the room and the fireplace is wood burning. Wood is a renewable resource, and you can avoid a gas bill.
Before lighting your fireplace each year, get it inspected and cleaned. This will help prevent fires.
Let Light Enter Your Home
In the winter, we want to take advantage of the sun. So, open your window shades to let the sun in and warm your home naturally. When the sun sets, close the windows to keep that warmth in.
Replace Or Clean Your Filters
You want to make sure that your furnace is working as it should. Keep the filters cleaned and replaced regularly so dust and other debris cannot build up. Dirty filters can make your heater work harder, resulting in higher energy bills.
Get Your Basement Insulated
Getting your basement or crawl space insulated will keep the area warmer and your energy use in check. Warm air can escape through cracks and uninsulated regions, so be sure to get these filled by a professional. At Missouri Basement, we will come into your home for an inspection and recommend the best method. For example, we can install a vapor barrier in your crawl space and ensure that any basement cracks are repaired.
At Missouri Basement, our team of experts will provide you with the best solutions for a safe, energy-efficient home you’ll want to spend time in.