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Smart ways to make your home stay warmer this winter.

Smart ways to make your home stay warmer this winter.

Obviously, when temperatures drop during the winter months, heating costs rise because you and your heating system are doing everything possible to keep your home warm and comfortable. But are you really doing everything to achieve that goal? By partnering with your local heating experts and taking care of some simple fixes that you can do yourself, you can! Below we outline some smart ways to ensure that your home stays warmer, and that you save more on heating costs, this winter.

Work with your local heating experts on these solutions to keep your home warm

  • Does your home feel colder than normal? Your thermostat may not be sending the correct signal to your boiler or furnace. Since thermostats are mechanical and electronic instruments, it’s advisable to have a heating expert decide if your thermostat is functioning optimally.
  • Have an older boiler or furnace? If so, it may not be running at maximum efficiency, is in danger of major repairs or even replacement sooner rather than later. A new or properly maintained boiler or furnace will run at peak efficiency and help you save on heating costs in the winter months.
  • ai_HO_warmhouse2Are your heating system filters clean and fitted properly? Ensuring that filters in ductwork throughout home heating systems are not clogged, which prevents the system from ventilating heat properly, can lead to colder temperatures throughout your home. Home heating experts may suggest replacing filters and having them properly installed by a trained technician to maximize your heating system’s performance and efficiency.
  • Make sure that dampers are in good working order. These are mechanisms that control air flow through your home heating system’s duct work. Better airflow from the heating source increases temperatures throughout the home, while less airflow lowers temperatures. Home heating experts can either repair or install dampers to make sure that this system is running effectively to keep your home warm. 
  • Have a fireplace and chimney in your home? When not in use, they can be the cause of a large amount of heat loss. Installing fireplace plugs and making sure that fireplace caps are fitted to chimney top will help prevent heat escaping your home. And, always have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

Simple steps that you can take to insulate your home and keep it warmer

  • ai_HO_warmhouse6Block any gaps where heat can escape to keep your home warm. The attic is one of the most overlooked but important areas to ensure that all gaps are covered or sealed. However, by installing door bottom seals, putting plastic over windowsills or taping around older window frames, sealing these gaps will help keep heat inside your home. For a more complete solution to blocking gaps, have your home inspected by a professional who may also find areas that are not apparent to you.
  • Thick curtains or drapes covering windows in rooms throughout the home prevents heat from escaping and keeps your home warmer.ai_HO_warmhouse3
  • Use large rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting to increase your home’s insulation capabilities. These will keep floors warmer than hard floor coverings like wood or tile, help prevent your heating system working harder to heat rooms and provide a warmer surface to walk on all winter.

As your local home heating experts with years of experience in home comfort services, you can rely on us for everything you need to keep you warm and help you save on heating costs during the winter months. Please contact us today!

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