It’s warm all over the United States right now, but most areas are beginning to cool off. That means that cold weather isn’t too far behind, and pretty soon you’re going to cranking the central heat just to stay warm at night.
While there’s really nothing you can do to avoid using your central heat this winter, there are some things you can do to keep your bills from going through the roof. Use this guide to make sure you don’t have to dip into your savings just to stay comfortable.
Keep Curtains Closed
Most people know that they shouldn’t keep their windows open in the summer months if they don’t want a house that’s as hot as it is outside. However, even the savvy homeowner doesn’t always realize that what’s coming in from outside through the windows is just as bad in the winter months.
While it can certainly be nice to have some light in your home, you need to close your curtains during the day to create a boundary between your windows and air in your home. Even that layer of curtains can really make a big difference in how warm your home stays.
Use Portable Heaters
Portable heaters can cost you a lot of money if you run them all the time. In fact, they can cost more money than central heating because they use electricity instead of gas, which tends to cost a whole lot more per unit in most areas. That doesn’t mean that portable heaters are all bad though.
If you spend most of your time in one part of the house like your bedroom, sometimes turning off the central heat and using a portable heater at night is a better idea. If you don’t need to heat the whole house there’s no reason to do so beyond a certain point.
Just make sure you don’t fall asleep with an electric heater on or put it somewhere that it could cause a fire. Portable heaters should only be used when you’re awake and at home to monitor them.
Get Your Heater Serviced
If you don’t want to pay for expensive Massachusetts furnace repairs you’re going to need to get regular service. That means getting a service plan or calling a professional team to come inspect your heater at the beginning of the season.
You’ll save money with fewer repairs and your bills will be lower because your system will be a lot more efficient.