When it comes to winter heating and cooling, it can be hard to keep your home the perfect temperature. If you put your heat on too high, it can increase the cost of your heating bill, but if you put on the AC you run the risk of being too cold. A lot of people ask, “How can I save money on heating in winter?” it can be difficult to tell where a healthy medium is, but there are tips for reducing heating bills. So how can you lower your winter heat bills without having to sacrifice your comfort? Here are some helpful suggestions to keep you warm while saving money.
- Open the Blinds: This only applies when the sun is shining, but you know you can get free heat by opening your shade and blinds and letting the sunshine in. Once night falls, you can close the blinds and curtains to keep your home warm.
- Don’t Heat Vacant Rooms: If you have a room or rooms that you don’t use very frequently, you can close the vents in those rooms. This is a good way to save on heat as you’ll have better heat for the rooms you are using, plus you will save money.
- Use a Ceiling Fan: This might seem counterintuitive but if you set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, it will push warm air through a room. This will give you more winter heat without having to crank your heating system.
- Insulate Your Home Better: Another thing that you can do is insulate areas where heat might be flowing out of your home. Many people ask, “But how can I insulate my house for winter?” the answer is that you can buy insulation or weather stripping from a store and cover spots where warm air is escaping.
- Turn Down Heat at Night: Is it cheaper to keep heating on or turn it on and off? You shouldn’t turn it off at all, but you should turn it during the night. Lowering your heat for a couple of hours will save you money and you can keep warm by investing in warm bedding.
What Temperature is Too Cold for a House?
While we want to save money during the winter, that doesn’t mean that we have to set our thermostats to freezing temperatures to decrease heating costs. If you want to set your thermostat to lower temperatures in the winter, you shouldn’t set lower than 64 degrees. We advise that you keep the temperature comfortable, as colder temperatures in your home mean respiratory problems, as well as increasing the chances of colds and the flu. So what should your heat be set at in winter? If you set your thermostat at 68 degrees throughout the day, you will be pretty warm and save money on your winter heat bill. Again, you can also decrease the temperatures at night; that doesn’t mean you have to set it at 64 degrees, but 66 degrees wouldn’t be so bad.
When a home is a little more on the drafty side, the question of “How do you keep a drafty house warm?” is a big priority. The best thing you can do is insulate your home properly, invest in blankets to use when you are in different rooms, close blinds, and curtains at night, use a portable heater in the room that you are in, or have your heating system inspected to make sure that it is working the way that it should. It may seem like this is a lot in order to stay warm, but it will keep you warmer and it will save you money on your winter heat bills in the long run.
Winter Heating Fire Safety
Nothing is better than lighting a fire in the fireplace when the temperatures start to drop. It makes you feel cozy and warm and definitely heats up a room rather effectively. However, if you decide to have a fire in the fireplace or use a portable heater, it is so important that you are careful. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, winter home fires kill 890 people a year, with 75% of home heating fires caused by chimneys. These statistics aren’t meant to scare you or give you anxiety but are used to illustrate how common this problem can be. We want homeowners to be able to enjoy fires in their fireplace, as well as their portable heaters, but we also want them to be safe.
Many people ask, “How can I make my room warmer without a heater?” While you really don’t have to stop having fires burn in your chimney or portable heaters, if you want to make your home warm without a fire or portable heater, you can open your windows to let sunlight in, close curtains at night, insulate your home, use weatherstripping on areas that are letting warm air out, close off any rooms that aren’t being used, and use rugs to insulate floors. However, you can still have a fire burning or use a portable heater and still keep your home safe from accidental fires. FEMA has great resources for how to keep your home heated safely and how to use a portable heater safely. Having these resources will make you feel safer and more knowledgeable on how to protect yourself and your home.
If you are wanting better heating efficiency in Riverside, CA, you will need to call a professional. With a water softener installation, you will need an expert plumber and the same goes for when you need winter heat efficiency. To get the best heating efficiency for your home, call Trabuco Hills Air at (951) 824-7172.