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The basic principles of efficient heating are simple: keep warm air in, cold air out, and your heater or furnace in tip-top shape. There are a few other steps you can take to ensure a cozy winter without resorting to wearing a parka indoors.efficient-heating

 

  1. When the heat is on, set your thermostat as low as possible. Lower the thermostat to 55 degrees at night. Even a few degrees difference will lead to considerable savings. Remember, warm clothing provides an excellent source of insulation, as does adding another blanket to your bed. There are also smart thermostats that you can get where you can pre-program the temperature. Turn the heat down when no one is at home.heat control, frugal tip, prudent living
  2. Keep windows next to the thermostat closed tightly so the rest of the house is not several degrees warmer than the area around the thermostat.
  3. Make sure your heating system is operating efficiently. If you have a furnace or heat pump, check the filter at least every other month during the winter. Clean the filter as needed and replace it when it appears to be worn out. Have a professional tune an oil-fired system once a year. Gas-fired systems and heat pumps need to be tuned only once every two years.
  4. If you use an electric furnace for heating, consider a heat pump. These pumps are expensive, but they can reduce your total use of electricity for both heating and cooling by 30-40 percent.
  5. Close off unoccupied rooms or rooms not currently in use. This means shutting the heat or air conditioning vents, unless you have a heat pump. Shutting vents in this case could harm the heat pump.
  6. Keep your fireplace damper closed when not in use. It also helps to install a glass front to keep warm air from going up the chimney.
  7. Use insulating shades on the windows, this will help keep the cold out out and the warm air in!Close the windows and blinds during the day.

 

By following these basic principals of efficient heating this winter you will save money and stay warm.Winter

4 comments on “Efficient Heating = Winter Warmer

Nancy on November 29, 2016 7:51 pm

We also use a small space heater in our one cold corner in our kitchen, near our sliding glass door. Better to heat the small area rathet than the whole house. Fleecy blankets on our couch also help keep warm and cozy!

Nancy Wolff on November 30, 2016 1:57 am

Nancy,
Space heaters are great, when we were first married we lived in Maine and had a very cold apt, we kept warm with a space heater!

One Grace Filled Life on December 1, 2016 11:42 am

Nancy, love these energy saving tips! Where would you recommend getting insulated window shades? We are in the process of making our 1952 farmhouse more energy efficient, so I really appreciate your helpful information! 😊🌻

Nancy Wolff on December 1, 2016 1:52 pm

One Grace Filled Life,
We got a great deal from a local guy that sold these blinds, it was an investment but has really helped keep warm air in during the winter and help keep the house cool in the summer. You might be able to find them online as well or at HomeDepot.

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