With more people working from home than ever before, people are finding that they have to deal with issues they’ve never dealt with before. Maybe your children are at home with you doing school virtually, so you are all learning how to stay focused and be productive. As the weather cools off here in Georgia, another adjustment you face is keeping your home warm throughout the day without racking up a huge heating bill.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that most U.S. consumers will spend more this winter to heat their homes than in previous years because people are remaining home to work and attend school virtually due to COVID-19. Below are tips for keeping your heating bill under control without sacrificing warmth for you and your loved ones.
- Bundle up. If you do not have to attend a Zoom call on particular days, bundle yourself up in a blanket and extra layers of clothing. Take tips from your teens, and find a fun beanie to wear on your head and warm fuzzy socks to keep heat from escaping your body.
- Seal up your home. Cold air can seep into your home through any small cracks and small openings. Make sure your doors and windows are insulated with weatherstripping and caulking. An easy way to check the heating loss of window and door insulation is to light a candle and slowly move it along the edges of your outside doors and windows. If the candle flickers, it means that outside air is penetrating that area.
- Schedule a service check. There is nothing like finding out something doesn’t work when you need it. Have your heating system serviced now before cold temperatures set in.
- Replace your furnace filter. A dirty HVAC filter restricts airflow and increases energy usage because your system will have to work harder to push air through it. By regularly changing the air filter in your furnace, you can extend the life of your heating system and prevent dust, dirt, mold spores, and other allergens from circulating inside your home.
- Set your thermostat at the right setting. It may seem impossible, but try to settle on the right temperature for everyone. Set your thermostat as low as possible while still maintain a comfortable temperature.
We are here for all of your HVAC needs as your family continues to navigate 2020. If warm throw blankets and extra layers aren’t keeping your family warm, contact us. We’ll help you find a comfortable temperature!