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9 Free or Inexpensive Winter Heating Tips for Your St. Charles Area Home

small_10674048994Winter heating bills can get expensive, so it’s important that you get the most out of the money you spend on running your furnace. Below we’ve listed nine heating tips that will cost you little to no money and help your furnace run more efficiently and effectively!

9 free or inexpensive winter heating tips for your home

  1. Keep a clean air filter. A clean air filter will allow your heating system to have good airflow. This is crucial for getting the right amount of warm air to every corner of your home. Check on the condition of your air filter every month and sign up for free filter change reminders from Jerry Kelly so you don’t forget!
  2. Let the sun in on sunny days. You can utilize the sun’s natural (and free) heat by opening your window shades on sunny days. This will help warm up your home while also easing the load on your furnace.
  3. Cover windows at night. When the sun isn’t out, close the shades and drapes on your windows to provide an extra layer of insulation from the cold outside. This is especially helpful in rooms with beds or other furniture near your windows.
  4. Don’t block your air registers. Your air registers are supposed to supply warm air to an entire room, not the bottom of a chair! Make sure that all of your air registers are clear of furniture and other objects so that your rooms can warm up properly.
  5. Close fireplace damper when not in use. Think of your fireplace as another window in your home. If the damper is open, it will allow warm air to escape outside. When your fireplace is not in use, make sure that the damper is securely closed.
  6. Dress warmly. By simply wearing warm and comfy clothes around your house, you can lower your thermostat by a few degrees and still feel comfortable. This is a great and easy way to lower your heating bills!
  7. Run your ceiling fans in reverse. Warm air tends to rise and pool up near your ceiling. By running your ceiling fans in reverse, you can force that warm air back down to the floor and make your rooms warmer.
  8. Use a humidifier. During winter, indoor humidity levels tend to be low. This makes your home feel colder and can affect your skin and your health. By using a whole house humidifier, your home will feel warmer and much more comfortable.
  9. Time your thermostat settings. While using a programmable thermostat, time your settings so that your home is already at the desired temperature by the time you wake up or get home from work. This will allow you to save energy without sacrificing comfort!

If you have any questions about these winter heating tips, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Clayton, Cottleville and Creve Coeur.

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