The cold winter weather is quickly approaching and it’s important for you to be prepared for the season ahead! Though you may not be as concerned about heating your home now with the warm temps in Michigan, in just a few short weeks your heater will be running non-stop and it’s important to us that you know how to keep warm at a low cost.
Shut and cover your windows: Checking your windows to make sure they are completely closed and sealed may seem like a tedious task, but it could save you a lot of money when it comes to heating your home in the long run. Be sure to repair any cracks or broken seals, and to take things one step further, you can cover your windows too. Most blinds and curtains will help keep the cold out in a pretty effective manner, but if you are on a budget, you could even try plastic wrap. There are also window insulating kits you can invest in to stay warm.
Clean your furnace filters: The more often you clean your filters, the better they will work. This will save both time and energy. The less energy your furnace uses, the less money you’ll have to pay for those winter bills. Per heating-ac.com, furnace filters usually last anywhere from 1-3 months, depending on the kind you buy. For the non-disposable ones that last longer, it is recommended you clean them once a month.
Utilize space heaters: Though plugging in space heaters may raise your electric bill a little bit, this option takes up little space and allows you to be able to heat just one area that is cold instead of paying to heat the whole house. These are perfect to turn on when you’re stationary for a long period, because you will only be paying to heat the area you are using. Remember: do NOT leave space heaters unattended.
Use your fireplace: This option may be overlooked by some, but one cost effective way to heat your home might be right before your eyes! Aside from paying for wood and other supplies to start a fire, this is a cheap and simple alternative to heating your home. A burning fire on a cold winter evening always looks inviting.
Layers, layers, layers: This one is kind of a no-brainer, but by putting on a sweatshirt and layering up, you will feel warmer on the outside and inside. With the extra layers, you will not only look good, but you will also be able to lower the temperature in your house by a few degrees. This may not seem like much, but layering has the potential to spare you on some hefty heating bills.
Make use of your blankets: Laying in bed or lounging on the couch, the use of a blanket is the perfect opportunity to create some warmth! If you do need to be mobile, there is always the ever-popular “Snuggie” to warm you up.