Brr, it’s getting chilly inside! What are you going to do, turn up the heat? Hold up. If you’d like to save money on your energy bills, continue reading to learn how to stay warm this winter without racking up huge heating expenses.
At Integrity Comfort Systems, we help residents and business owners throughout Simi Valley and Los Angeles stay comfortable with top-rated heating and cooling services. In today’s blog, we’d like to share a few tips for how to get the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to your heater. Continue reading to learn how to stay warm while saving energy!
Get Your Home Checked For Air Leaks
Did you know that the average home loses about 10% of its heated air to air leaks throughout the house? It’s true! Getting your home checked for air leaks — particularly around your roofline — is one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth for every dollar you spend on heating.
Let The Sun In
Sunshine is your best friend in the chillier months in Simi Valley. Leave your window shades open during the day to let the sunlight in! Sunshine doesn’t just provide your pets a comfortable place to lay during the chillier months, it can also warm up your house by a few degrees. In a season in which every degree of temperature increase costs you a little extra, it’s smart to take advantage of the free heat source shining through your windows.
Close Your Curtains At Night
However, you will want to keep your curtains closed at night. Your windows aren’t as insulated as the rest of your home is, and without the warm sunlight streaming through, the trade-off of slightly more cold leaking in isn’t worth it to leave your curtains open.
Check Your Door Seals
When getting your home inspected for potential air leaks, don’t forget to check the quality of the seals on your home’s exterior doors. Poorly-sealed doors are huge sources of air leakage!
Also, while we’re on the subject of doors, be sure to shut off vents and close the doors in any rooms in your home that aren’t used regularly, such as guest rooms. It’s a waste of money to heat areas of your home that aren’t being actively used.
Leave The Oven Open After Cooking
When you use your oven, you’re already paying for the power that heats up your oven to cook your delicious meals. Why not double-dip and use that heat to warm your home? After using your oven during chilly months, leave the oven door open to let the warm air out as the oven cools down. Not only will you warm your kitchen up a bit more, but you’ll spread the smell of whatever delicious things you’re preparing all through the house. Yum!
Get Your Heater Tuned Up
In addition to all these at-home tips, another great thing you can do to ensure an energy efficient house is to get your heater inspected and tuned up once a year, ideally in the fall before chillier temperatures arrive! When you connect with Integrity Comfort Systems, our heater repair experts can ensure your unit is functioning in peak condition and offering your home maximum value. Call us to schedule service for your Simi Valley home today!