4 cost-effective ways to maintain your heating system in the chilly winter months
The winter months are a notorious time for consumer spending. From holiday shopping to car maintenance, the growing expenses can feel overbearing. During a cold Columbus winter, your home should be a warm place to escape the everyday costs of life. With these tips, you can be sure that you are maintaining your heating system in the most cost-effective ways.
Tip 1: Restore worn-down weather stripping
Feeling chilly? Before turning up your furnace, check your windows and doors. It is important to maintain proper weather stripping around their borders, as these are the primary entry points for cold air. The replacement process is as simple as peeling off the old strips and re-applying new ones. Additionally, investing in proper home insulation can cut down drafts and excessive heating costs.
Tip 2: Don’t waste warmth on an empty room
If you have rooms that are used infrequently, such as a guest room or an office, close off the vents in those rooms to alter the heat flow to more populated areas. Space heaters are a convenient and cost-effective alternative to heating these rooms when needed.
Tip 3: Regularly clean and maintain your furnace
Check your furnace filters and vents monthly to preserve cleanliness. Remove items blocking vents that may prevent proper air circulation. It is important to have your heating system serviced regularly to check for leaks, efficiency and functionality.
Tip 4: Tailor the temperature
During the day, set your thermostat to a temperature that is low, but still comfortable. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting your thermostat back 10-15 degrees when you leave the house or during the night can save up to 10% on energy costs. Consider bundling up with extra blankets and cuddle up with loved ones to keep warm.
The cold Ohio winter months can be strenuous. Let us do the heavy lifting! With our planned maintenance agreement, you can protect your investment for as little as $120 per year. Contact Keystone Heating and Cooling to schedule a maintenance check-up to guarantee proper functionality in every season.