The cool winter air can be hard on your budget, and may cause your home not to be as cozy as you would like. Turning the heat up can become costly quick, but Royal Heating & Air has a few tips on low-cost ways to prepare your home for winter. Before the cold air sets in permanently for the winter, and we all start blasting the heater, get your home ready with these tips.
Install Weather Stripping
The first step in fighting the cold weather is to make sure the warm air stays in and you keep the cold air out. Check for drafts near doors and windows and seal all necessary spots with weather stripping. You can find weather stripping from less than $20 per package at any local home store.
Close The Fireplace Damper
Fireplaces are a great heat source in the winter. Make sure you close your fireplace damper when your fireplace is not in use. After the fireplace as cooled completely, closing the damper will ensure air doesn't escape out the chimney.
Insulate Your Attic
Insulation is pretty standard in today's homes. However, if your home is older, it is a good idea to check to make sure the insulation is still good. Over time, insulation will get packed down. When that happens, the insulation won't work as efficiently. Make sure your home is sealed up by making sure there is enough insulation.
Use Your Curtains
Curtains and blinds aren't just for decoration. Keep your blinds and curtains closed to conserve the heat in your home. Your window coverings will help keep the cool air out and warm air in. On sunny winter days, you can open your window coverings to allow the sun to naturally heat your home.
Close Doors and Vents In Unused Rooms
Close vents and doors to any rooms in your home that are not used. This is great for storage rooms or extra guests bedrooms. It will cause the heat to travel to the rooms you use, and save you money overall. If you need the room, just open everything back up for the time in use, and close everything after.
Using a programmable thermostat is a great way to save money this winter. You can automatically lower or raise the temperature in your home. It is recommended to lower your temperature while you are away during the day. Your heat won't turn on as much saving you money in the long run. Then, it can be set automatically to raise the temperature during the hours you are home.
Replace Furnace Filters MonthlyIt is recommended to change your air filter monthly, because a dirty air filter can cause your unit to run inefficiently. Dirty air filters can be a cause for cool air blowing in your home. It will end up costing you more money in the long run. This winter save money by changing your filter on a regular basis.
Ceiling fans going clockwise pushes air down and creates a draft. However, in the winter, they can also help make your home feel warmer. When the ceiling fan goes clockwise, it will push the cool air up and mix with the rising heat. Once the air mixes, it will spread out and down making the room feel warmer.
Keep Warm With Royal Heating & Air
Royal Heating & Air will ensure that your home is safe and cozy this winter. The tips above are a great way to get ready for the colder weather without breaking the bank. From preventative maintenance to installations, the best HVAC company in Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you. Call 573-480-4313 to schedule an appointment today!