Here in Murrieta, we’re generally spared the blizzard conditions
and torrential snowfall that plagues the rest of the nation. However,
the winters can still get quite cold, and heating your home in the winter
can make a serious impact on your gas and electric bills. Our Murrieta
heating technicians discuss 5 easy ways to help you save money, and keep
your home warmer this winter.
1. Seal All Windows & Doors
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to increase your home’s energy
efficiency this winter is to seal off your windows and doors. Check for
any drafts coming in around your window frames, which can easily be sealed
with an appropriate caulk. Many doors also have a gap between the bottom
of the door and the floor. If you’re handy, consider replacing the
existing threshold with one that has a tighter tolerance. For a cheap
and easy fix, put a rolled up towel or similar fabric “sausage dog”
against the door to block the draft.
2. Open (and Close) the Curtains
Using heavy-duty curtains can help keep your home warmer in the winter.
During the day, open up these curtains to let the natural sunlight warm
your home. In the evening, shut the curtains to help trap heat inside
3. Turn Ceiling Fans to Winter Mode
Many people are aware of the fact that their fan can spin both clockwise
and counterclockwise, but not many understand the purpose. In the winter,
switching your fans over to a clockwise rotation (if you look up at it)
will help push hot air back down into the room, rather than drawing it
up to the ceiling.
4. Consider Lowering Your Water Heater Thermostat
If you have a traditional, tank-style water heater, you can save a substantial
amount of energy by dropping the water’s temperature by just a few
degrees. These water heaters constantly keep the water inside at the set
temperature, regardless of how cold it is outside. The colder it gets,
the harder the system must work to maintain the same temperature.
5. Make Sure Your Heating System is In Good Condition
Perhaps the best way to save energy and keep your home warm is to make
sure your heating system is in full working order. In a
comprehensive heating inspection, our Murrieta heating experts can make sure everything is working properly,
and can perform tune-ups and repairs as needed. Things like clogged or
constricted gas burners, blocked blowers, and poorly lubricated parts
can not only decrease the performance of your system, but can also be
a major hazard to you and your family.
Don’t wait to repair your heating system - winter is coming! Call
schedule service with Correy Baker Heating & Air.