The first snow in Minneapolis fell and melted already, but there will only be more to come. Heating your home is necessary to keep warm and comfortable during the winter months. The only problem with heating your home is the cost. Keeping costs down while heating your home is a trick with many simple solutions that you can use.
Seal windows and doors
Your windows and doors are initially sealed around the edges to keep warm air in and cold air out. Over time, those seals become worn down and allow air to flow to and from it. Air flowing inside and outside causes your furnace to work harder to keep your home warm and increase energy costs. There are many ways to reseal or cover your windows and doors for the winter, including plastic covers and thin strips to put between the door and wall. It can help save you money in the long run.
Use the sunlight
The sun is not just a natural light. It’s also a natural heater. Sunlight can heat your home substantially. As the sunlight comes through your windows, it heats your floors. In turn, the heat in floors rises to heat your home. Having the blinds open in your home can relieve the stress of your furnace to heat your home, lowering the energy costs to keep it running.
Program your thermostat
Your heating needs are different during different times of the day. If you are at work or sleeping, you won’t need the heat as much as when you are enjoying time in your home. Programming your thermostat cooler when heat isn’t needed and warmer when it is can save you a lot of money on your energy bills.
Get a furnace tune-up
Furnace tune-ups are usually done in the fall, but they can be done now, especially if you haven’t done that yet. Tune-ups check for any furnace helps discover any potential problems and boost the efficiency of your furnace. This will save you money in the long run and keep your family safe.
If you would like to learn more about furnace tune-ups, contact our HVAC technicians to get started. We are happy to help you save money on your energy bills and keep your family safe from the cold.