Winter is in full swing for those in San Diego and the surrounding areas, and even though outside temperatures are rarely subfreezing, staying warm is a necessity. Unfortunately, along with the need for heat also comes a sizeable heating bill. If you’re spending more than you’d like, there are multiple steps you can take to make your home winter-prepared without blowing your budget. Here are five easy ones:
Turn Down the Temp a Few Degrees
Check your thermostat. Turning it down even a few degrees and running your heat only when needed can over time add up to significant savings on your heating bill; little heat is wasted if it’s not constantly on in an empty house. Closing off duct vents in unused rooms and lowering the temperature on your water heater can also contribute to saving energy.
Find Any Heat Escape Outlets
To make sure you’re receiving full advantage of the heat you’re being billed for make sure it’s staying in your home. Check for any leaks and drafts in windows, doors, or ductwork, etc, and caulk, tape shut, insulate, or install door bottoms or sweeps—whatever it takes to seal your home and keep the cold air outside at bay.
Dress Warmer In-home
By turning down your thermostat you might feel noticeably colder in your own house, which during winter can be miserable. Adding layers—whether clothing or bedding—can reduce your discomfort. Sweaters, socks, slippers, and scarves go a long way in keeping you warm on lesser heat; bringing out blankets and similar bulk in winter-friendly materials (flannel, fleece, or wool) will keep you extra toasty while helping you save money.
Let the Sun Work for You
Pull back window dressings only during the day, allowing the sun to shine through. Doing so warms the room (for free) without the need for much additional heating.
Check Your Heating Unit
A clean furnace or fresh air filters in your heating unit means an efficiently functioning one. Do it yourself, or have a professional heating specialist fine-tune your system. No matter whether gas or electric, it’s best to have it looked at every year to two years (depending on what heating you use) to keep it running properly and prevent unexpected heating emergencies.
In San Diego and the surrounding areas, whether you’re considering having your heating system checked or upgraded or have a last-minute emergency, the expert heating specialists at 1-800-anytyme are available 24-7 to provide you with the best, most cost effective solutions for your needs. Just give us a call today at (760) 477-0072!
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