The winter can be a wonderful time for making memories with loved ones, like cuddling by the fire with your spouse or going sledding with the kids. But, unfortunately, the cold weather also means you may have to run your heater nonstop. Luckily, there are several simple things you can do to effectively reduce your heater usage and your electric bill.
Inspect Your HVAC System
Since your HVAC system is responsible for distributing the heat throughout your home, you need to make sure that it is working at its best. An annual inspection is not only helpful to keep your electric bills low, it is also important to make sure there is no dirt buildup that could become a fire hazard. And don’t forget; you should also be replacing the air filter every three months or less to keep the system effective.
Check for Leaks
The last thing you want is to be paying to heat the air, only to have it escape out of the cracks in your doors and windows, or even through the vent in your bathrooms and above your oven. Take the time to install foam weather stripping or caulking to all of your doors and windows, and put your bathroom and oven vents on timers so they don’t suck out the hot air any longer than they have to.
Use the Sun
The sun is always hot, even when the weather is cold. Use this to your advantage by opening up the drapes and blinds and letting the sun shine through. You will be surprised just how hot it will make the inside of your home. But don’t forget to close the drapes and blinds and soon as the sun passes so you can retain the heat inside.
Put Your Ceiling Fans to Use
Ceiling fans are usually only turned on in the summer so they can help keep you cool, but they were actually designed to help you out in the summer too. Most fans have a switch on them that changes the direction of the blades. If you make it go clockwise instead of counter-clockwise the fan will help to push down the warm air that naturally rises to the ceiling. Just keep the speed set to low for it to be effective.
Implement Targeted Heating
One of the most effective ways to reduce your heating bill is to only pay to heat rooms that are occupied. You can do this in your home with automatic space heaters, or you can do this in a commercial environment with a temporary heating rental. By running one-room only heaters, you can keep your overhead heating system turned off—or at least on low—so you can reduce the expenses dramatically.
The winter should be filled with happy moments of hot chocolate and snowmen, not stress about insanely expensive heating bills. These tips can be implemented quickly and with little effort, and you can reap the rewards of a lower electric bill all season long.