If you are dreading the rising utility bills that come with fighting the cold weather in Virginia, you may want to consider these smart and simple home upgrades. A few basic maintenance tasks can help your heating system to operate more efficiently. Finding ways to lower your heating bills doesn’t have to mean expensive upgrades. See the difference small tactics can make so that you can effectively manage home heating.
Use Warm Textiles
Warm up your home from floor to ceiling with heavier textiles for the cold season. Heavy curtains around the windows will help to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. A thick rug over hardwood or laminate floors will protect your feet from the winter chill. Add a few throw blankets to chairs and couches so your family can stay warm while maintaining lower temperatures in the home. Dress appropriately for the weather so that you don’t have to rely on the heating system as much.
Care for Your System
A well-maintained HVAC system will warm the home more efficiently so that you can enjoy the same comfort levels with lower utility bills. Schedule an annual HVAC maintenance to keep your heater in top condition. For easy DIY maintenance, change your HVAC filter once a month. If the filter gets clogged and dirty, your system will have to work harder to pull air through, and your bills will increase as a result.
Increase the Humidity
Humid air feels warmer than dry air. Use a humidifier to help warm your home and banish common winter problems like chapped lips and dry skin. With the humidifier on, you can lower your thermostat settings and still stay comfortable.
To learn more about increasing heater efficiency and lowering heating bills call Weather Makers, Inc. at 757-263-4869. If you have not yet scheduled your seasonal tune-up, do so today, to ensure your heating system can efficiently tackle the Chesapeake winter.