3 HVAC Hacks to Keep Your Home Heated This Winter
If you’re anything like the average American family, you’ve stayed home a lot in 2020—and you’ve seen the increase in at-home time reflected in your energy bills.
And as we gear up for another cold winter, you’ll likely be spending even more time inside—so how can you keep your HVAC system running smoothly without it costing you a small fortune?
Fortunately, there are plenty of simple HVAC hacks out there that will help you stay toasty this winter without having to have your heater on at full blast. Here are a few tips and tricks for you to try this winter.
You could have your heater working like a charm, but you still won’t be able to get the most out of it if you’re living in a drafty home. So, before temperatures drop too low this winter, you should get to work eliminating those drafts!
First, check your windows, doorways, and wiring holes for any too-large gaps where drafts can come in. You might need to use some caulk, or have your window professionally repaired.
You can also cut down on drafts by keeping the doors to different rooms closed, hanging a heavy curtain in-between areas that aren’t separated by doors, and putting a rolled-up towel under your doorway to cut down on cold air coming in.
Strategize Your HVAC Hacks
When thinking about how to keep your home warm all winter, it’s really all about strategy.
For example, which rooms do you tend to spend the most time in? Most people spend the most time in their living room, bedroom, and kitchen—so use a smart heating system to keep those spaces nice and warm, and put less energy into warming rooms you only spend a few minutes in each day.
A few other helpful HVAC hacks:
• Move the furniture you use every day so that it’s placed in warm spots—right under a heating vent, for example, or next to a sunny window.
• Stock up on cozy blankets, flannel pants, and other items that will keep you warm without needing to have the heater blasting.
• Schedule your heater to run on low when you aren’t in the house and run higher when you’re home.
Reverse Your Fan
Did you know that most fans have a “winter mode”?
It’s true: You’ll find a small switch on your fan that reverses its spinning. Because heat rises, the counter-clockwise motion will push the heat back into your living space.
This is one of the ultimate HVAC hacks—using a summer tool to keep your home warm in the winter!
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Keeping your home warm in winter shouldn’t be a full-time job. Hopefully, these HVAC hacks will keep your HVAC system working well all winter.
But if you’ve tried everything and still can’t get your house to warm up, it might be time to ask the professionals. Get in touch today to learn more about our services.