05 Dec Save for the Holidays by Cutting Heating Costs
The holiday season is an exciting time of year–but it’s also an expensive one! Cutting costs wherever you can, can add up to big savings for the holidays. Here are some simple ways to cut heating costs to save for your holiday shopping (while still saying warm!):
Did you know that seven to 12 percent of a home’s heat loss occurs around the windows and doors? It’s true! Replacing worn and torn weatherstripping around doors and windows can cut down on drafts, avoiding the need for homeowners to turn up their thermostat.
Use The Sun:
Despite the freezing temps outside, the sun’s rays still bring some heat into your home. The added heat will reduce how much your furnace needs to run. Be sure to keep your curtains open during the day, especially in areas where you get more direct sunlight. Trim any tree branches or shrubs that block the sunlight around your windows to maximize the gains. Replace your curtains with thermal ones, and then once the sunlight is in, close them to keep heat in and help reduce drafts at night.
Lower The Thermostat: Inevitably, the holiday season is filled with visitors and entertaining. If you’re expecting company, you can lower the thermostat two degrees before the guests arrive. That tiny tweak can help you save up to five percent on your heating bill! The more people you have in your home, the more heat is created naturally. Plus, if you’re cooking for you guests, the heat of the oven will add to the coziness of your home as well.
Of course, on really frigid days, it’s important to make sure that your heating system is working properly. Make sure your home is ready to take on the winter months, and turn to the professionals at Wahl to fix any furnace or HVAC issues you’re experiencing. To learn more about the services offered or to schedule service, visit our website or give us a call at (412) 265-2662.