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5 Helpful Energy Saving Tips for Winter

Your furnace seems to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week this time of year. Even though we can’t live without the comfortable heat our furnaces provide, it can come as a shock when your energy bill finally arrives. That’s why ComfortAire Heating Cooling Fireplaces has rounded up the top five energy saving tips to help you minimize your costs this winter—without sacrificing your comfort. Call us with energy efficiency questions or anything else related to home comfort: 715-325-3969.

Energy Saving Tips You’ll Love

1. Seal Gaps and Cracks

Even small gaps around your home’s windows and doors lead to big air leakage over time, which makes your furnace work harder than it needs to. Seal these areas with caulk, weather-stripping, or putty to keep warm air inside and your energy bills down. Using area rugs, installing door sweeps, and adding extra insulation to attics or around pipes can also help.

2. Install a Smart Thermostat

If you don’t already have one, install a programmable or smart thermostat so you can adjust your home temperature based on the day. Making small tweaks to your thermostat can lead to substantial savings on your energy costs. Try setting your thermostat a few degrees lower than you’re used to, especially when you’re not home. Chances are the temperature difference will be negligible, but it could make a significant difference in your energy bill.

3. Add Ambience and Warmth With a Gas Fireplace

Another way to supplement the heat from your furnace is by using a fireplace. Whether you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace, take advantage of it. Not only will your home look cozier, but it will also feel warmer and more comfortable, too. And as a bonus, you can turn your thermostat down to save on costs.

4. Open Your Blinds and Curtains

There’s nothing better than a sunny day in winter—that added bit of warmth makes such a big difference. To make the most of it, keep your blinds and curtains open during the day so the sunlight warms up your rooms, free of charge. Once the sun sets, close your window coverings to help trap the warm air inside.

5. Sleep in Cooler Temperatures

Before you go to bed, turn your thermostat down for the night and pile on the cozy blankets to stay warm and comfortable. You’ll not only sleep better when the temperature is cooler, but you’ll also cut your energy bills down at the same time. Aim to set your thermostat around 65º F for best results.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance and More

The best way to save money on your energy costs this winter is to ensure your furnace is running exactly as it should. Scheduling annual furnace maintenance with ComfortAire’s Bryant® experts can upgrade overall furnace efficiency. Call to schedule an appointment or ask us for more energy saving tips at 715-325-3969 in Wisconsin Rapids or 715-342-0911 in Stevens Point.