The temperature is dropping in Columbus, and that means monthly utility bills are going up. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling costs make up almost half of the energy use in the typical home. But it is possible to stay warm without using the furnace to heat your home. These tips can help you stay comfortable this winter without spending a ton of money.
Close Your Curtains
Curtains have more uses than keeping your nosy neighbor from peering through the window. They can reduce your heating bill. Take advantage of the heat from the sun during the day by leaving your curtains open. When the sun sets, draw the curtains to provide a buffer between the warm air inside and the cold glass of your windows.
Rearrange Your Furniture
You may think you are smart by moving your chair in front of the radiator, but while you may feel warm and toasty while sitting, the minute you get up you will get cold. That is because furniture can absorb the warmth from your radiator and keep it from heating your room.
Update Your Insulation
In many homes, a large amount of heat is lost because of improper or insufficient insulation. Make sure your house is fully insulated, and the insulation is up-to-date. Think about adding extra insulation in your attic to reduce your heating bill. Don’t forget to check your window and door frames for any drafts and fill them using either weather stripping or caulk.
Pile on the Rugs
Besides adding style to your room and keeping you from walking on cold floors during the winter, rugs can help decrease your heating costs. Carpets provide an additional level of insulation for your home and are especially beneficial on the first floor of a building or above any unheated space.
Don’t Waste Your Heat
In the past, people used excess heat from daily activities to help keep their homes warm in the wintertime. Take inspiration from the past and save money at the same time. Instead of closing your oven door after baking, leave it open to allow the residual heat to escape. Keep the bathroom door open when you take a hot shower — you can get clean and heat your house at the same time.
Keep Your Bed Toasty
No one enjoys shivering themselves to sleep. Stay warm in bed by using hot water bottles. Place a few bottles between your sheets before getting under the covers, and you will never have to worry about sleeping in a cold bed again.
Do you need help with your furnace? Buckeye Heating & Cooling has been serving the residents of the Worthington and Columbus, Ohio area since 1948. Call us at 614-888-4328 to set up an appointment with a heating professional.