Home heating bills can pack a punch into household budgets so it is doubly important to prepare your home for winter. Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Have a licenced professional conduct an energy audit to assess the efficiency of your heating system. It will show you how and where your home loses energy. An official ecoEnergy evaluation may also qualify you for some government incentives to make energy saving home improvements.
  2. Wrap the hot water in an insulating jacket.
  3. Replace furnace filters every three months.
  4. Open blinds so the light from the sun can warm rooms during the day; close them at night to keep heat in.
  5. Install a humidifier.
  6. Have the furnace professionally cleaned and checked
  7. Install a programmable thermostat and lower the temperature during the day when you arn't at home and at night.
  8. Close off vents in rooms that you rarely use in order to maximize the heat in the rooms you use the most.
  9. Make sure that vents are free of clutter and obstructions.
  10. Keep windows and doors shut and properly sealed. Re-caulk those that need it.
Tricia Greer

Tricia Greer

CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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