It’s cold outside! Sheltering yourself indoors protects you from the elements, but jacking the thermostat can eat into your savings. If you’re looking for a way to keep your living space comfortable without going broke, consider implementing a few of these low cost home heating ideas.
HVAC professionals! Feel free to share these tips with any of your customers looking to save on energy this winter.
1. Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can be set up to turn the heat down while you’re at work or asleep and turn it back up while you’re in the house enjoying your off time.
2. Let some sun in. No heat source outstrips the sun, so why not take advantage of it? Opening the drapes and letting some light in during the day is a great (and free) way to increase a room’s temperature.
3. Shutter the curtains after dark. Once the sun goes down, drawing the curtains can help keep heat trapped inside your house.
4. Reverse the rotation of ceiling fans. Hot air rises, but you live on the ground. Most ceiling fans have a switch that will reverse their rotation. This will help push that precious hot air back down to earth.
5. Close the doors to unused room and closets. Don’t pay for what you don’t need to heat. Closing off unused room and closets is a good way to reduce the size of the area your system has to cover.
6. Bake! Make a conscious effort to use your oven more in the winter. This will help you kill two birds with one stone. After all, we all have to eat!
7. Move your furniture away from vents and other heat sources. A pre-warmed couch might sound awesome, but blocking a vent with furniture means all that precious heat can’t reach the room at large.