Don’t forget to vent!!!
Close off and seal vents that blow air into rooms that you rarely enter or use, such as guest rooms and storage rooms. Make sure the furnace vents in the rooms you DO use are not obstructed in any way.
Let the Sunshine In!!
Use the sun’s natural heating power by opening blinds and curtains during the daylight hours. Conserve the heat in your home by closing the blinds and curtains in the evenings.
Ceiling fans year round
Leave your ceiling fan on low and running clockwise to circulate the warm air and push it down into the room.
Defeat the leak
Be on the lookout for gaps and extra space around pipes, chimneys, fireplaces, recess lighting, unfinished spaces, doors and windows. Weatherstripping and caulk are invaluable tools in helping to seal these leaks and optimize the operation of your system.
The Yeti Filter Effect
If your filter resembles anything like a yeti, wooly mammoth, etc., you are overworking and jeopardizing the ability of your heating system to work properly. Time to clean or change that filter!!!
Program that thermostat to your advantage
If you and/or your family find yourself outside the home most days, lower the thermostat setting at least ten degrees for the duration of the time you will be out of the house. Do, however, program the thermostat for a warm and comfortable temperature within an hour of when you plan to arrive home. Some smart thermostats allow you to program remotely, in case you have a change of plans.
Insulate yourself and your home
Even the best heating system will not work quite as efficiently without adequate insulation in your home. If floors, ceilings or walls feel cold to touch, better insulation is necessary. There are many options out there for excellent insulation, some more environmentally friendly. While you are at it, don’t hesitate to take out that sweater or scarf your grandma knitted for you to keep you warm as well.