5 Tips for Efficient Heating this Winter
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If your post-holiday bills have you a little (or a lot) stressed, the prospect of higher home heating bills as winter tightens its grip on southwest Virginia is more stress you don’t need.
We’re here to help with ideas that are easy to implement that will have you breathing a little easier as they can help minimize your heating costs while not sacrificing a bit of comfort.
- Get your heating system serviced. Regular maintenance by a professional HVAC service technician helps keep your home heating system running at peak efficiency, which means you’ll use less energy to keep your home warm.
- Use space heating. Space heating can help warm up unheated or underheated rooms in your home more efficiently than turning up the thermostat on your furnace or boiler. Midway Gas offers safe and reliable propane fireplaces and gas log sets as well as Empire propane indoor space heaters that can warm just about any size room in your home. We also provide professional installation.
- Get rid of drafts. Drafts can add around 15 percent to your heating costs. Blocking them is a basic DIY project you can do with caulk, weatherstripping, expanding foam and door sweeps.
- Use your programmable thermostat. According to the United States Department of Energy, you can cut your heating costs by around 10 percent by turning your thermostat down 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day. A programmable thermostat makes it easy, turning it down while you’re away. You can also program the thermostat to turn the temperature back up a little while before you get home so the house is warm when you arrive. That way, you’re not tempted to waste energy cranking up the thermostat to get the house warm faster.
- Don’t run exhaust fans for long. Exhaust fans like the ones in your bathrooms or above your stove can suck the heated air right out of the house. Only run them when needed and turn them off when done. Make it even easier by replacing the fan switch with one that runs on a timer. It will automatically turn off the fan after a set time, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting.
Contact the pros at Midway Gas to find out about how our propane appliances can improve the quality of life in your home!