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Now, this tip doesn't exactly keep your house warmer, it's actually telling you to make it a little colder, but it will save you money. Turning your furnace's temperature down by even 1 degree Celsius could cut your heating bill by as much as 10%! If you can stand it a couple of degrees cooler, then you could even save more.
Take this as a great opportunity to try out some of your warm sweaters and purchase a fluffy throw blanket to curl up in during the evening. Nothing beats cuddling up in a comfy chair with a blanket with a good book or a great show on Netflix.
A smart thermostat, like the Nest Learning Thermostat installed with your furnace, can greatly help you to save on fuel costs. You can program it to turn down your furnace during the day when you are away, but turn it back up in time for you to come home. You won't even notice that it was cooler in your home while you were away, but it will make a difference on your energy bill.
You can also set it to a cooler temperature while you are sleeping, and then to warm up in time for you to wake up. No one in your home will notice the difference!
Heating and cooling your home: the never-ending battle against the elements. Learn how to best keep the warmth in and the cold out this year. Need and HVAC specialist? Call us.
Depending on the season, you're probably concerned about heating or cooling your house in the most energy-efficient manner possible. This will both save you money and save on the environment. With another Canadian winter looming on the horizon, we'll turn your attention to keeping your home warmer this winter in the most efficient way possible. Here's how.
Whether you have curtains, blinds, shades, or shutters, make the most of them by opening them up on sunny days and closing them up tightly when it is dark outside. Your window treatments have great insulating ability, and shutting them up tightly will help to keep the cold air outside.
Opening them up means that you can take advantage of the free warming ability of the sun. If you have a hard time remembering to open and close them, you can purchase automated window treatments that you can set to move automatically or remotely from a controller or your mobile device.
Much of your home's heat, about 25%, is lost through your roof. That's why it's important to make sure that your attic is properly insulated. Adding 25 centimetres of insulation can save you one quarter on your home heating bill.
Even though it is more expensive to add insulation to your walls than adding it in your attic, if your home is poorly insulated, you may want to consider going ahead. Check out to see if there are any incentive programs running to help you with the cost before you begin.
Take a look at the placement of your furniture and make sure that it isn't blocking any of your floor vents. Also, move large objects well away from the vents so that they don't soak up or block the flow of heat.
Like anything mechanical, a furnace that has been regularly serviced and properly maintained will run much more efficiently than one that has been ignored. Make sure you get your furnace serviced at least once a year, preferably at the beginning of the cold season and call for service if you suspect that it isn't running as well as it should.
There comes a point when a furnace is past its prime and needs to be replaced. If you find that you are constantly calling for repairs or if it an older, non-efficient model, it may be time to get a newer energy-saving unit. Check with your local or provincial governments to find out if you qualify for any incentive plans or rebates. You can also check out the Government of Canada's EcoEnergy Retrofit Program that offers qualifying applicants with grants to help make your home more energy-efficient.
Close the vents in your unused rooms and shut the doors. It doesn't make sense to be heating rooms that you are not using. The extra heat will make your other rooms feel warmer.
Dealing with drafts from doors and windows that aren't properly sealed can really help keep your home warmer this winter. If you can't afford to replace those old windows and doors, there are some cheaper alternatives that you can try.
Make your own door snake or purchase one online. They are cute and they really do work. You can also inexpensively seal up those drafty windows with a window insulation kit. The following video will show you how easy they are to install.