When the thermometers dip down to frigid temperatures in the winter, it can be tempting to crank up the thermostat and bask in the warmth all season long — until you remember your heating bill. Thankfully, with a few strategies and help from your local heating service, you don’t have to break the bank to stay warm and comfortable.

How to Lower Your Heating Bill While Staying Warm

1. Take Advantage of Your Curtains
Saving some money on your heating bill can be as easy as pulling the curtains closed. Drawn curtains provide an extra barrier between the outside and the interior of your home, increasing a room’s heating efficiency by trapping more warm air. On the flipside, opening your curtains on sunny days gives your home a small boost of solar heat, allowing you to lower the thermostat a couple degrees and save some cash.

2. Schedule Regular Tune-Ups & Replace Filters
Annual inspections of your HVAC system by a professional heating service will keep your appliances running as efficiently as possible. During the visit, the technician will clean the system and tune up any parts that are at risk of failing. Not only does this save you money because of the increased efficiency, but it also helps avoid unexpected and costly emergency repairs.

In addition to the annual heating service inspections, you can practice home maintenance that will keep your system running smoothly and more efficiently. Change your HVAC’s filter every month during peak use to maintain high efficiency and increase your home’s indoor air quality.

3. Run Your Ceiling Fan
Running any type of fan might be the last thing on your mind during the winter, but a ceiling fan can help you save money while keeping you warm. Running your fan clockwise pulls colder air up and pushes warm air down from the upper area of the room. This simple trick can keep a room several degrees warmer, letting you roll back the thermostat a bit and burn less fuel.

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