It’s that time of year when you’re dreading the moment you have to leave your warm, cozy blankets to start your day and dreaming of a tropical get away the second you step outside. We know the struggle. We also know the struggle of having your heating bill take a huge chunk out of your bank account during these wintry months. That’s why we have come up with a few cost effective tips to heat your home.

Weather Stripping
A common thing people tend to overlook is causing your heat to literally go out the front door. Weather stripping on the bottom of your doors does not last forever. If they are old and worn chances are they are no longer doing their jobs. In fact, 12% of your home’s heat could be lost due to an old weather strip. By simply replacing them you can cut down on drafts and lower your heat bill.

Using Ceiling Fans
I know, it sounds counterproductive but heat is known to rise. That way, if you turn your ceiling fans on, they will blow the hot air back down. This will help you from continuously turning your thermostat up, especially if you have tall ceilings or larger rooms. Just make sure to turn the fans on reverse and on the slowest speed so they are blowing the hot air down.

Vent Blockage
Another thing to keep in mind during the winter months is the location of your vents. If furniture is in front of or curtains are on top of your vents, it may be time to do some creative rearranging. If blocked, the vents won’t be able to send warm air throughout your house like they’re supposed to but rather directly into your couch.

Using Plastic Film
Although it may seem like a hassle, installing plastic film on doors and windows is actually inexpensive and easy to do yourself. We know it also may not look the prettiest but similar to Weather Stripping, a huge draft could be coming in through the windows of your home. Properly insulating them with plastic film will allow the heat to circulate and stay in your house. It also helps you keep the curtains open letting the natural heat from the sun to come in.

Owning a Space Heater
Space Heaters tend to have a bad rep for being a fire hazard, however, if you’re careful and aware of it being on, they can lower your heating bill tremendously. Chances are you can’t be in every room of your house at the same time so why heat them all at the same time? Owning a Space Heater can allow you to turn your thermostat down, save you money, and keep you warm where you are. Luckily, with the help of our expert team, we can give you the best advice and pick out the right space heater for your home.

If you’re not the type to lower your thermostat and put on extra layers, these helpful tips and tricks will for sure lower your heating bill this winter as well as keep you warm. Some easier than others, we are always here to help with any heating maintenance you need, just give us a call at 401-738-9245!