ACAR Shares Tips to Lower Your Winter Heating Costs
By: Seth Task
President, Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®
If cooler temperatures have you turning up the thermostat, try these tips to keep your furnace running efficiently and your winter heating bills as low as possible:
- Home heating accounts for more than half of a typical customer’s monthly gas bill. Lowering the thermostat three degrees to five degrees (and in temperate climates turning it off when not at home) may help save up to 30% on heating costs.
- Check furnace filters every month during the heating season and clean or replace the filter when necessary. When installing a new or cleaned filter, be sure to re-install the front panel door of the furnace properly so it fits snugly.
- Never operate the furnace without the front-panel door properly in place. Doing so may create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Do not block heating outlets or return registers with furniture or other objects.
- Repair cracks or broken seams in forced-air heating ducts.
- Install or upgrade your attic insulation
- Caulk and weather-strip drafty windows and doors.
- Open your drapes or blinds during the day and let the sun help warm the home. Close your drapes or blinds at night to keep the warmth inside.
- Consider adding another blanket or two at night to stay warm.
- Choose a higher efficiency model when shopping for a new gas furnace.
I hope these tips help reduce your heating costs. And remember, when it is time to buy or sell your home, contact a REALTOR®, a member of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®.