9 Heating Tips To Stay Warm And Save Money
Your house does a pretty good job at keeping you warm during the cold winter months, but sometimes it comes with a hefty price tag. Don't worry, there's a few things you can do to help keep your home warm while working more efficiently, taking the stress off your wallet.
1. Use blinds or curtains for strategic window insulation
Blinds & curtains are great for providing privacy, but they also block the suns heat from entering your home. This could be good during the summer, but during the winter this could cause your furnace to do a lot of extra lifting. Leaving your south-facing windows uncovered during sunny days can reduce your energy costs and put less stress on your furnace. Northern-facing windows can be left covered both day and night for maximum insulation.
What about at night? Cover all windows after dark to create a simple insulating layer. The thicker the coverings, the more effective the insulation.
2. Don’t heat an empty or sleeping home
This is where the Nest thermostat really comes in handy (every Mountain Vista Home comes installed with the Nest thermostat). You’re already busy enough as it is, trying to remember if you turned the temperature down when you go to work is just an unnecessary task. You can program your Nest thermostat down to a desired temperature when your sleeping or not home, saving you more money down the road. Within the 60-70F range, each degree you lower your thermostat will save you an average of 2% on your yearly energy bill.
To learn more about how you can improve energy savings with your Nest thermostat, click here
3. Bundle up with warm clothing or accessories
This may seem like a no brainer, but is one of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill. Instead of cranking up the thermostat, put on a warm winter sweater, some cozy socks, and keep throw blankets on your couch for quick access.
4. Use a space heater
Space heaters can sometimes get a bad rap, and for good reason. They used to be big, ugly, clunky and many times associated with cheap college dorm rooms. Since then they’ve come a long way, both in efficiency and visual appearance.
Simply place a space heater in a room your family uses the most while everyone’s home. The smaller the room, the more energy (and money) you will save! By doing this you can turn down your thermostat a few degrees while staying cozy.
5. Strategically use air vents
Heat rises, making the lower levels of your home, sometimes much colder, than the upper levels. Close most of the air vents on your upper levels, leaving the vents below open. This will allow the heat to circulate through more of your home.
The location of your thermostat can also impact this as well. Some homes have the thermostat located on upper levels. If your air vents are open on those upper levels then your thermostat will read that the house is to its desired temperature much quicker, leaving those lower levels multiple degrees cooler. Closing the vents on the upper levels allows the heat to travel through the entire house to get to the thermostat.
During the winter months, the air in your home can become very dry. Moist air holds heat better and also feels warmer, so using a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set to a lower temperature. Houseplants are also a good non-technological way to humidify your home.
7. Reverse your ceiling fans
Most, if not all, ceiling fans allow you to reverse the direction of the fan. By reversing your fan blades to rotate clockwise your draw the risen heat down from the ceiling, preventing the heat from dissipating through your roof or walls.
8. Minimize the use of kitchen and bathroom fans
Fans do a great job at sucking our undesirable smells, but they also do a great job of sucking out a lot of hot air. Minimize the use of these fans to help keep the heat trapped in your home.
9. Furnace Maintenance
Keeping your furnace properly maintained and unblocked will reduce energy consumption. Check your furnace filter monthly and replace it when it gets dirty. We will discuss more about furnace maintenance in a future post. Stay tuned!