It’s finally getting to the point where it is consistently cold here in Texas. When I say cold, what I really mean is it is getting to be about 40-50 degrees at night. For me (a born and raised Texan) that is flipping cold, and I have to have to heater on. Just like in the summertime when we lower our thermostats to keeps us from getting a heat stroke, we like to raise it during the winter to help keep us warm.
We rely on our heating system during the winter months that much that I don’t even want to think about what we’d do if it were to suddenly stop working. I’m not being dramatic when I say this, but it would actually be a nightmare if the house was cold due to the weather being horrible and there was no way for us to get warm. Whilst I could always get in touch with somewhere like Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling – Furnace Repair if anything were to go wrong (my friend told me they are brilliant), I also want to make sure that the need for a repair never happens in the first place, as this will mean that I have neglected its maintenance. Although, I don’t think this will happen as I never want to feel cold in my own home. Never.
My best friend, however, decides just to keep her heating system completely off. I know that when I go to her house during the winter that I need to take a jacket, wear sweats and possibly even ear muffs to keep warm. But, I do have to say that her electricity bill is non-existent during this time of year, though. However nice that may sound I just cannot do that in my house having three small children. So I wanted to share with you the proper way to keep your thermostat to save a little money. Keep in mind that no matter how well you take care of your appliances, they will eventually wear out. As a result, it’s critical to stay in touch with professionals (such as those found at Arvada HVAC repair company) who can quickly resolve these issues.
My husband and I have a set number that we like to keep ours at. During the summer, it is usually 74. But according to Joplin’s blog the best temperature to keep your thermostat at during the winter would be 68 degrees. They also suggest that you turn your ceiling fans the opposite direction during the winter since heat rises. (I have to say I just did this one)
Did you know that with every degree of temperature your thermostat is set on it can increase energy by 6-8%? I know I didn’t. Of course, there are other ways to help save like making sure you have the proper insulation. You don’t want any of your precious heat to escape. Educational websites like Builder and Engineer that educate homeowners on insulation and energy saving can be referred to for improving your home’s energy efficiency.
A great way to insulate your home would be to apply simple changes such as getting Denver replacement windows, which will help to ensure that any previously unsealed areas are closed up as well as allow you to choose a thick double-glazing option that will save you a lot of money on bills in the future. You could also add a draft excluder at the bottom of your doors which will additionally add another level of insulation to any room in your home.
One more thing that would be good to check on is making sure that you home is air sealed. For the same reason as before. We don’t want any air getting out much less getting in.
I hope this help you in small ways to keep your home warm and keep money in your pocket this holiday season.