3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Warm and Cut Back on Heating Costs

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Originally published Dec. 13, 2019, updated Jan. 24, 2022

Keeping your home warm and comfortable throughout the winter in your Gridley, Illinois, home can become expensive. However, you don’t have to rely solely on your furnace to stay warm. Below are three easy tips that can help you stay warm this winter while reducing your heating costs.

Keep the Warm Air Inside

While this tip seems obvious, it’s not just about keeping your windows and doors closed. Check around your windows and doors for any air leaks. You can easily seal up leaks by adding caulk around the windows and weather-stripping and door sweeps to the outside doors. Also, don’t forget the fireplace. Be sure to close the damper after each use to keep warm air inside your house.

If you still notice inconsistent heating throughout your home, you may want to have your air ducts checked for leaks. Also, consider getting your air ducts cleaned to improve airflow and indoor air quality.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fan

You may use your ceiling fans during the summer to stay cool, but did you know that reversing the direction of your fans in the winter helps you stay warm? Hot air rises, but when your ceiling fans spin clockwise, they push hot air down. This will improve your HVAC system’s efficiency by allowing you to keep your thermostat lower. In turn, this will lower your heating costs.

Use Window Coverings Wisely

While it may be cold outside, the sun is still warm. Open your curtains and/or your blinds to let the sun warm your home. However, after the sun goes down, close the blinds and drapes to keep the warm air in and help insulate against the cold outside air. You don’t have to pay money to have the sun heat your home, so take advantage of those sunny days.

Keep your home warm this winter by implementing these three simple tips. If you’re consistently having any issues with your furnace, call Popejoy Plumbing, Heating, Electric and Geothermal today to schedule an appointment. Our team of service technicians will inspect your heating system and make any necessary repairs, so you can stay warm and comfortable.

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