When it comes to your home, winter is always an expensive time of year. Here are a few smart ways to save a little money inside of your home!
- Take advantage of the sun: Open those curtains during the day and let the sun heat your home. Just remember to close the curtains at night, to help trap in the heat.
- Change your furnace filter once a month: A dirty filter makes your furnace/heat pump work harder and leads to a much higher heating bill.
- Use ceiling fans to your advantage: Homes that have better ventilation and airflow can be more energy efficient. Ceiling fans can be used strategically to achieve better airflow. Turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to gently push hot air back down.
- Only heat the rooms you use: If you have rooms that you never use, like guest rooms or large storage areas, close and seal off the vents in those rooms to be more energy efficient and direct the flow of air to the rooms you use most.
- Get a humidifier to add moisture to the air: The air inside your home can become very dry. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature. You can also increase the humidity in your home with a collection of house plants.
- Invest in insulation: Hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs are lost each year due to escaping heat and cold air in homes without proper insulation. Get some inexpensive insulation from your local home improvement store, and cover up all those areas where heat might escape. Start with weather stripping your doors and windows.
- Only use exhaust fans when necessary: Exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom pull the hot air that rises to the ceiling out of your home. Use exhaust fans sparingly, and shut them off when you are done with them.
- Keep the damper closed when your fireplace isn’t in use to prevent all that snuggly warm air from making a quick exit.
And if you’re in the market to find a new place to call home this winter, give The Peters Company a call!
Written by Brennan Ballard, Buyer Specialist, The Peters Company