The holiday season has come and gone, but your pockets are likely still suffering from your expenditures. With night-time temperatures in Jackson, Mississippi, dipping below freezing, it’s also likely that your heating bills have increased into the new year. Here are three ways to save on heating costs to help you recover from holiday spending:
Use Your Ceiling Fans Wisely
Your home’s ceiling fans won’t heat your home. But if you use them wisely, they will make you feel warmer in the room you’re occupying and reduce your heating system’s workload. During the winter, make sure your ceiling fans rotate in a clockwise direction on a low speed. This will ensure they pull cool air up, creating a gentle updraft that pushes warm air that has naturally risen to the ceiling down along the walls toward the floor.
Use Your Window Treatments Wisely
The sun’s natural warmth can heat your home to a comfortable level during the day, especially if you have a lot of south-facing windows. Just remember to open your window treatments before sunrise to let that sunlight stream inside your home. Before sunset, close your window treatments to trap that heat from escaping. Drapes and shutters work best for insulating heat.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Extreme temperature adjustments are bad for your heating bills. A programmable thermostat can help you avoid those drastic changes. Refrain from decreasing your thermostat too much while you’re away and increasing it too much while you’re at home. Instead, keep your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake. When you’re asleep or away, lower the temperature. Every degree below 68 will help you save up to 2 percent on energy.
While autumn is the best time to schedule heating maintenance to ensure your unit operates at peak efficiency, it’s never too late. Contact Dent Air Conditioning today at 601-912-0535 to schedule a tune-up, which will help you lower energy bills, prevent breakdowns and extend your heater’s lifespan.
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