With the weather changing and our temperature beginning to drop, many of us have already started up our furnaces for this first time this heating season. While your furnace is essential to ensuring you and your family are at your desired air comfort level this fall and winter, did you know that there are several items you can do around your home to allow your furnace to run less than you currently use it at? It’s true! Nortek Environmental, Inc. has compiled a list of Keep Your Home Warm Without Your Furnace Tips so you can keep your heat from escaping your home and see the results on your utility bills this winter.
Keeping your windows closed is one of the most basic ways to ensure that your home’s warm air isn’t escaping to the outdoors. However, it’s important to make sure that when you shut your window that they are sealed air tight. Make sure all windows aren’t just closed, but locked as well. Also, if you feel any air leaks around your window, it’s important to seal them ASAP.
Allowing your curtains and blinds to let in natural lighting throughout the day will not only reduce your need to use your lights, but also will naturally heat your home. This holds especially true for windows that face the south, as they will let in the most sun. Additionally, for extra credit, placing clear shower curtains over your windows will create even more heat.
As stated in Tip #2, keeping curtains open during the day can greatly help you in creating heat during the day, but it’s also important to have curtains to close during the night as well. By closing your curtains, you can help reduce any air drafts that enter your home, which will keep your home warmer.
The presence of rugs can help reduce any heat loss through the floor. So if you have any wide areas of non-carpeted floor, we highly recommend purchasing some rugs to place on them.
While these tips may not take away your entire need for your furnace, it will definitely allow your furnace to run less as these tips greatly insulate your home, reducing heat loss. For more tips regarding saving money on your utility bills, we highly recommend liking our Facebook Page. And, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Nortek Environmental, Inc. at (630) 548-1500.