This winter has brought some unusual weather, with temperatures fluctuating quite frequently. Any expectations we generally have of the winter weather might as well be forgotten this year, because it’s been absolutely wacky. Last week, we saw 55°F weather on Monday, followed by 19°F weather on Tuesday! What?! News broadcasts reported that it was colder in Green Bay, WI on Tuesday the 7th than in Siberia!
With that being said, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to knowing how to best maintain the heating in your home. Here are some tips stay warm in winter to keep your family happy and cozy without blowing your utility bills through the roof.
As we’ve told you time and time again, make sure you routinely have your heating system checked by a maintenance professional. Having your system checked annually prevents any unforeseen issues from occurring, which could be costly. Having your heating system working well is one of the most obvious tools you have to help stay warm in winter!
Take a walk around your house to make sure that all of your doors and windows are sufficiently sealed so that there aren’t any cracks that are allowing drafts to come into your home. You can test to see if there is air coming in from outside on a windy day by holding a candle as you walk around to all of your doors and windows. The reaction of the candle’s flame will let you know if there’s a draft, even if you can’t feel it. If you do find areas that are leaking, you can fix them yourself with some caulk. Catching these draft spots now will not only help you stay warm in winter, but will also come in handy once the summer comes; you’ll block any hot air from coming in, which would make your air conditioning system work harder, costing more on your utility bill.
When was the last time you checked the air filters in your HVAC system? If you can’t remember, or it’s been a while, you should change them. When air is able to flow through your filters without getting blocked up by dirt and dust, your heating system is able to function more effectively, which saves energy. On top of helping you stay warm in winter, changing the air filters improves the air quality in your home, so it’s a win-win!
Lastly, if you haven’t already, consider installing a programmable thermostat. We’ve talked about their benefits before, so read up on them in our past post about preparing your home for winter.