Turning up the heat is necessary in the winter months to keep out the cold Ohio weather. There are a few simple ways for you to make sure your home is efficiently keeping the warm air in and the cold air out.

  1. Keep the thermostat set to 68 degrees, and set it back even more when you are sleeping or away from your home. You can purchase a programmable thermostat to automatically turn the thermostat down at night and when you are not home. By turning down your thermostat one degree, you can save up to 3 percent on your heating bill.
  2. Look for a furnace that is ENERGY STAR approved for energy efficiency.
  3. Make sure there is adequate insulation in your attic, walls, basement, crawl spaces, and floors. You should also make sure the accesses to your attic are insulated and weather-stripped.
  4. Check your furnace filter monthly and change it when needed. Keep the space around your furnace clean to ensure it is operating efficiently.
  5. If needed, have your heating system tuned-up by a professional. Keep all heat registers and air ducts clear of obstructions.
  6. Install storm windows and doors, and replace any weather-stripping or caulking that may be damaged.
  7. Remove window air conditioning units from your windows during the winter months, or fill the cracks with weather-stripping. Seal drafty windows with plastic.
  8. Use a portable electric space heater to add warmth to the room you are in. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.
  9. Close the fireplace damper when it is not in use. You can also shut the door and close the heat vents in rooms that are not used.