This time of year, it can feel like you’re spending money like it’s going out of style. But the Roth Heating Company experts are spreading some holiday cheer in the form of home comfort tips that will help you save money. Discover the simple changes you can make in your house to improve efficiency this winter and let us know if you have any questions—contact us or give us a call.
A simple way to keep your home warmer is letting sunshine in on clear days. The sun’s natural heat can easily raise your home’s temperature and provide enough warmth to keep your furnace from running too often. Just remember to close the shades at dusk to keep the cold out.
Some homeowners stop using their ceiling fans in winter because they think it’ll make them feel cooler. Actually, using your ceiling fan does the opposite. Set it to run clockwise on a low setting to push warm air that rises to your ceiling back down to where you’ll feel it. The temperature at your ceiling can be up to 10 degrees warmer, so this is an easy way to benefit from heat rather than wasting it.
Whole-home humidifiers seem to offer an endless number of benefits, including reducing germs and static electricity and protecting your wood floors and furnishings from damage. They also help you save money on energy bills because humidity is proven to help you feel warmer at lower temperatures. Consider a Carrier® humidifier and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your home.
If you haven’t already replaced your furnace filter this season, now is a good time to do so. A clean filter helps your furnace work more effectively and efficiently because there’s no dirt or dust buildup slowing airflow. Not sure which filter you need? Give our technicians a call or note the size on your existing filter and head to your local hardware store. They can help you find a filter that fits your system.
Turning the thermostat down when you’re bundled up in bed is another simple way to save. Lower the temperature a few degrees every night or get a programmable thermostat or smart Wi-Fi thermostat. With these controls, you can program the temperature to automatically adjust when you go to bed and before you wake up so your home is always the right and most efficient temperature.
Add a sweatshirt, extra socks, and blanket when relaxing instead of bumping up the temperature. With extra layers on, you can also try lowering the temperature one degree a day—or week—to help your family slowly adjust and feel comfortable at a lower thermostat setting to save on energy.
Exhaust fans are great at removing steam from the bathroom or cooking fumes from the kitchen, but they’re also great at removing heat from your house. Use yours sparingly to avoid wasting energy.
Drafty windows are a leading culprit of heat loss. Move your hand around window frames to feel for a draft. If you feel cool air coming in—even though the window is closed and locked—you can bet you’re losing heat. Replacing windows is expensive, but re-caulking or covering them with energy-efficient plastic is an affordable solution. Buy a few plastic window coverings at your local hardware store—this simple DIY project can make a big difference in keeping your home warm this winter.
Good, old-fashioned home comfort service is the heart of our business. And so is sharing our expertise to help your family stay safe and comfortable. Please give us a call if you have follow-up questions at 414-764-4700 for our Oak Creek location and 262-534-5568 for our Waterford location—or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.