Winter brings wonderful things: holidays, snow and pumpkin spice. Unfortunately it also brings higher utility bills. Colder temperatures cause raised thermostats, which means using more electricity and gas. Higher heating costs are not something you want right after the holidays. Try these tips for reducing your heating bill this winter while staying toasty warm.
Use a Fireplace
A fireplace is one of the easiest ways to reduce heating costs. Not only does it provide warmth and light, it makes the house cozy. Fireplaces can safely burn for hours at a time, and every hour with a fire is an hour the thermostat can be turned down. A fireplace also increases the value of your home.
Whether you use a gas or wood system, make sure it is inspected and cleaned every year for maximum efficiency. A clean system provides the best heat and highest safety. Vents and flues clogged with debris and dirt reduce efficiency and are a potential hazard. Yearly inspections can also stop problems before they start, saving you money on future repairs.
Let the Light In
The same blazing sun that makes a house stuffy in the summer is a friend during winter. Take advantage of nature's warmth by opening blinds and curtains during the day. Sunlight provides natural heat that allows you to cut down the central temperature. During the course of the day, sunlight can increase a room's temperature enough to cut a thermostat by several degrees.
Open blinds and drapes early in the morning, as soon as the sun fully rises. Leave them open during daylight hours. This gives you the maximum amount of warmth throughout the house. Close everything back when it gets dark to reduce the cold from the windows.
Reduce Window Drafts
Closing blinds may not be enough if there is a crack around a window seal. Even a small gap can lead to large heat loss. Check all your windows for air leaks around the seals. Most air loss occurs around the area where the bottom of the window connects with the windowpane.
Cover windows with heavy, clear plastic during the winter. Use duct tape to create a tight seal between the plastic and the frames. Add insulating window shades or blinds for maximum draft protection. It may seem like a lot of trouble for a few small gaps, but small gaps contribute to big heating bills.
No Fireplace? No Problem
A fireplace will certainly help with reducing your heating bill this winter, but buying one may seem daunting. Safety, style and what type to get are all important factors. Fireplaces make a wonderful addition to a living room or bedroom. They add the perfect touch for romantic evenings or fun family gatherings.
Our team will guide you through every step of the process. Whether you have pricing questions or need installation information, Emberside will help. Call us today and let one of our friendly professionals help you choose the fireplace that's right for you.