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February 13, 2016

Winter is almost over, but it’s not too late to save on your heating bills. These tips offer simple ways to lower your heating expenses while increasing the warmth in your Channing, Texas, home.

Insulate Drafty Windows and Doors

Does cold air seem to just seep right through your windows and doors? These are the two areas most homeowners tend to lose heat from in their homes. These air leaks cause your furnace to work overtime, burning more energy to replace lost heat. The problem is typically caused by poor insulation or inadequate sealing. Caulk and weatherstrip your windows and doors, and replace any old and worn weatherstripping. Place insulated drapes and blinds over your windows, and use doorstoppers if you are losing heat through wide gaps under your doors.

Eliminate Heat Loss From Your Fireplace

An unused fireplace that remains unsealed throughout the winter is literally a gaping hole in your home and likely a major source of heat loss. Plug the chimney flue to prevent heat from escaping for the rest of the winter. If you’ve been using your fireplace, add caulk to leaky areas. Also consider installing a heat-air exchange system that pushes the warm air back into the room.

Turn Down Your Thermostat

You can save a lot on your heating bill by simply learning how and when to adjust your thermostat. Turn it to the lowest point of comfort when you’re at home. When everyone is asleep or at work, set your thermostat even lower — between 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours — to save a significant percentage on your bills. A programmable thermostat could be a good investment and would simplify this task even more.

These are just three ways that can help lower your heating bills for the rest of this winter. If your expenses have been unusually high and you think your furnace needs a checkup, give Winkelman Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 806-553-4698.

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