Keep warm and carry on

Millions of people are turning up their heat to keep warm in the winter months. The cost of doing so will prove expensive.

At research has been done for some very inexpensive ways to reduce heating costs.

  • Rearrange your furniture to assure all heating vents are clear. Keep seating areas away from outside walls so that you do not feel the drafts while you relax.
  • Close all vents and doors in unused areas of your home. Heat rises, so you may want to close vents on the upper level if it is only used for sleeping.
  • Limit the use of kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans that are vented to the outside of your home and will also expel heated air from your house.
  • Replace or clean furnace filters on a regular basis. This may be as often as once a month. A blocked filter will lower the efficiency of your heater.
  • Seal all leaks around windows, doors, ducts or pipes. Caulking and new weather stripping is readily available at many locations.
  • During sunny days, open drapes and window treatments, but during evening hours cover your windows to reduce the loss of heat from the room.
  • Consider purchasing an alternative heat source. Infrared portable furnaces will provide radiant moist heat to efficiently add heat to your home.
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