Winter has finally come to San Diego and many homeowners are now firing up their home heaters for the first time this season. Below are tips to using your heater this season.
10 Heating Tips for Winter
Staying warm during the cold days of winter can be a challenge. So can paying the higher utility bills they bring. Even in Southern California, you can take steps to stay more comfortable and reduce energy costs.
Here are 10 tips to help you keep warm and lower your monthly heating bill.
#1. Make use of sunshine. Open your blinds and drapes to let the heat of the sun warm the rooms of your home. Then close them at night to preserve the heat and insulate your space.
#2. Clean the filter in your heating equipment regularly, at least once a month. The cleaner it is, the more efficient it is. A filter in good repair makes it easier for your heating device to warm the air in your home.
#3. Lower the thermostat at night. Keep thermostat between 65 and 72 degrees when you go to bed. Then turn it up when you get up. Many thermostats let you program them so the temperature change is handled automatically.
#4. Use your fireplace sparingly. Though they look great and contribute to a homey atmosphere, fireplaces are big energy losers. They pull the heated air from the home, out through the chimney. When you aren’t using your fireplace, close the damper.
#5. Use more blankets at night. When you keep several light blankets on the bed, you can pull them on and off during the night, according to your needs. It is the easiest way to stay comfortable and sleep more deeply.
#6. Keep furniture off the heating registers. When you block the register, the air can’t circulate and heating is uneven. Rearrange the furniture so there are no obstructions over or around the heating registers.
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#7. Repair forced-air heating ducts. If these have cracks or are loose, you are losing warm air in your home–air that could be keeping you comfortable.
#8. Buy a space heater. Turn down the furnace thermostat and turn on a space heater in the family room. It keeps you warm and also saves money. Your heating costs are reduced about 3% for every degree below 70 that you keep the furnace thermostat.
#9. Get a better thermostat. A programmable thermostat for your furnace can pay for itself quickly. It lets you decide ahead of time when you won’t be home or need the heat on full blast. By turning it down 5 to 15 degrees when you sleep and when family members are out of the house, you can save substantially without reducing comfort levels.
#10. Put caulk around your windows and doors. When there are cracks around window and doorframes, cold air comes in and warm air goes out. It’s inefficient and it costs you money.
Still Having Troubles?
If you still have trouble staying warm and are paying high heating costs, your furnace might need the attention of a professional. The experts at Emory Plumbing in San Diego can help. Their team of HVAC professionals can check your entire system, identify air leaks and other issues, then fix the problem quickly and affordably.
The pros at Emory handle all types of heating systems, including:
Homeowners and property managers have been trusting Emory since 1944. That’s over seven decades of reliable, excellent service for all types of HVAC, plumbing and damage restoration service. Call Emory today for help with your heating system.