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9 Ways To Cut Your Heating Bills In The Winter

When wintertime rolls around, all you want to do is sit in your house and stay warm. Sitting by the furnace is a lot better than enduring the harsh temperatures outside. However, running your heat all the time can result in very high utility bills. If you want to keep your heating costs under control, you have to pay careful attention to how much heat you use. Here are nine ways to cut your heating bills in the winter.

Increase the Humidity in Your Home

Dry winter air does not just cause chapped lips and skin; it also feels colder. When the air is very dry and cold, you may be tempted to raise your thermostat by a few degrees. Instead of doing that, try putting a humidifier in your house. Moisture will help the air retain heat longer.

Put Shrink-Wrap on Your Windows

If your windows are not very energy efficient, warm air can easily escape out of your house. A simple way to fix this problem is to put shrink-wrap on your windows. It is inexpensive and can prevent heat from leaving your home. After you get done applying the shrink-wrap, seal it with a blow-dryer. 

Get Your Furnace Checked Out

When was the last time you had your furnace inspected by a professional? If it has been more than a year, you should have an experienced heating contractor come to your house soon. A trained heating contractor will check out all of the furnace's components to make sure they are working efficiently. If something is not running efficiently, he can take care of any furnace repairs right there.

Pay Attention to Ventilator Fan Use

Running your ventilator fans might not seem like a big deal, but they can actually suck a lot of heat out of your home. Only use these fans to remove cooking fumes in the kitchen and reduce humidity in the bathroom. Remember to shut these fans off as soon as you get done using them. 

Use a Space Heater

Another way you can save money on heat is to use a space heater. If you put a space heater in a room your family uses most often, you can lower the thermostat. The rest of your house will be cool, but at least you and your family members will stay warm.

Insulate Your Electrical Outlets

If you are like many homeowners, you probably do not give much thought to your electrical outlets. However, a lot of heat can be lost through these outlets if they are not insulated properly. If you feel a cold draft coming out of your electrical outlets, you should seal the gaps with caulk. 

Leave Your Oven Door Open

When you get done baking something, leave the oven door open for 15 to 20 minutes. The hot air from the oven can warm up your entire house and give your heating system a little break.

Replace Your Furnace Filters

Furnace filters need to be replaced about once a month. If you neglect to replace the filters, dirt and dust can accumulate in them, forcing your heating system to work harder than it needs to. 

Add Insulation to Your Attic

If you have an older attic that is not well insulated, expect to have higher heating bills. A lot of heat can escape out of a poorly insulated attic. Adding insulation to your attic is a big investment, but it can help you save more money in the long run.

If you follow these helpful tips, you can save quite a bit of money on your heating bills in the winter.