As we settle into winter, it is time to get your heating system checked out. By properly maintaining your heating system and making a few changes to your home, you can save money on your energy bill while maintaining optimal comfort.

Follow these six steps to keep heating costs in check.

  1. Seal Cracks

  2. Look for gaps and leaks around your windows, doors, and electrical outlets. Then seal these areas with caulk or weatherstripping. This simple step can save you up to 20 percent on your heating bill.

  3. Check for Blocked Vents

  4. If your vents are blocked, your heater is working more than it needs to. Remove any drapes or furniture items that are blocking your vents. You should also vacuum out any pet hair or dust from the dampers.

  5. Upgrade Your Insulation

  6. Insulation helps to keep the hot air inside during the winter and cold air inside during the summer. By upgrading your insulation in the attic, you can reduce the amount of work your heater needs to do. You can also add insulation to your exterior walls. On average, insulating your walls pays for itself within 3.5 to 12 years.

  7. Let in the Sun

  8. During the day, open up the curtains on south-facing windows. This allows your home to absorb the sun’s heat.

  9. Replace Your Furnace Filter

  10. Your furnace filter should be changed every three months. You can also change it as soon as it becomes visibly dirty.

Bottom line: By making simple adjustments to your home, you can save significant amounts of money on your heating bill each winter. For all of your heating needs, contact Variable Comfort Solutions at 304-443-9255.

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