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.
- 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.
- Look for a furnace that is ENERGY STAR approved for energy efficiency.
- 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.
- Check your furnace filter monthly and change it when needed. Keep the space around your furnace clean to ensure it is operating efficiently.
- If needed, have your heating system tuned-up by a professional. Keep all heat registers and air ducts clear of obstructions.
- Install storm windows and doors, and replace any weather-stripping or caulking that may be damaged.
- Remove window air conditioning units from your windows during the winter months, or fill the cracks with weather-stripping. Seal drafty windows with plastic.
- 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.
- 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.