Old Man Winter is barreling toward us at breakneck speed this year. As always, no matter how much we prepare for his arrival, we are somehow always a little behind in our preparations. Many of us in Indiana look forward to his arrival, if not for the respite he gives our air conditioner and subsequent energy bill. But sometimes winter is not quite the break we think it’ll be. The good thing is, it’s pretty easy to lower your heating costs – if you really want to – and we know you do! With these essential, easy to follow tips from Central Indiana’s most trusted heating and cooling company – Complete Comfort – you can lower your heating bill and still remain comfy and cozy in your home.
Don’t Let the Heat Escape
The first rule of winter heating: keep the cold air out and the warm air inside the home. This is where the savings begin. Apply new weather stripping to doors and windows. This is especially beneficial in older model homes, where there are gaps in the construction from the home settling over time. Door sweeps are a great way to prevent Old Man Winter from breaching the castle gates. Even a small crack at the bottom of a door will allow cold air to slip inside with amazing speed. Another helpful product is foam tape. Easy to cut and stick anywhere, foam tape can be placed anywhere there are gaps where cold air can get inside.
Now You’re Cooking with Gas
Just the thought of a huge steaming pot of soup atop the stove and fresh bread baking in the oven warms me up. Hey, they call it comfort food for nothing. But did you know that cooking on especially cold days can be an energy efficient way to keep warm? The heat from the stove and oven will warm the kitchen, and the smell of fresh food will draw people in. Just be sure to have a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows piled to the top ready for their arrival.
Spin Me Right Round, Baby
You know ceiling fans help keep you cool in summer, but did you know those same fans can help keep you warm in winter? Because warm air that is generated from your central heat rises toward the ceiling, reversing the direction of your fans will draw the cooler air that is near the floor up toward the ceiling, forcing the warmer air down to the floor, where it will warm you. This simple trick of thermal dynamics is effective but often forgotten.
Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine
Look out, folks, this essential tip contains some science. Opening your blinds and curtains during the day and allowing sunlight to fill your home is one of the more energy efficient ways to stay warm in winter. When sunlight passes through the window, it’s in the form of radiant energy. As this radiant energy is absorbed within the home, it is transformed into infrared energy. Because infrared energy has longer wavelengths than radiant energy, it can’t pass back through the window. Instead, that heat becomes trapped inside the home, proving a cost-free way to warm your home this winter.
Dress for a Lower Energy Bill
One of the easiest – and I dare say coziest – ways to lower your heating bill is to dress warmer inside your home. The US Department of Energy says that setting your thermostat to 68 degrees during winter can save as much as 10 percent on your heating bill. But for a lot of people, 68 degrees inside the home is a bit too chilly. Wearing a nice soft scarf, warm pair of fuzzy socks, and a knit hat can save you money while also keeping you warm and cozy.
While these 5 essential tips should help lower your heating bill this winter, the best way to prevent a high energy bill is with regular maintenance checkups. Routine checks on your HVAC system can also save you from an expensive repair later. Our highly trained experts can winterize your home, as well as spot signs of larger issues to come. Complete Comfort is Central Indiana’s most trusted heating system provider, and we’re confident you’ll understand why when you meet us. Call us at (317) 671-7552 to schedule your appointment today!