Every year, as the temperatures start to dip, Michigan residents find that their electric and heating bills begin to rise. From adjusted thermostats and electric blankets to space heaters and water heaters, our homes’ amenities are designed to keep us warm, no matter the cost. But, how can you conserve energy and keep those costs down? How can you stay warm without going broke? While a little increase is unavoidable, there are a number of ways that you can ensure that you’re limiting your spending, conserving energy and still maintaining a warm, comfortable home.
Make sure your wood-burning fireplace has an airtight door
Wood-burning fireplaces are a good way to warm your living room, however, you risk losing more heat than you gain if they aren’t installed properly. Make sure that your fireplace has an airtight door to prevent both the escape of warm air and an influx of cold air.
Lower your thermostat’s settings by a few degrees
By gradually lowering your thermostat’s temperature settings by one or two degrees every day, you can easily acclimate to a cooler inside temperature. You might even consider a programmable digital thermostat to make this transition even easier!
Make sure your air vents are clear
If you’re blocking your home’s vents with furniture or drapes, you’re literally throwing your money away. This leads to cold – and hot – spots in your home and unnecessary energy expenditures, as that air needs to be recirculated to bring the room to temperature.
At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling, we offer a wide range of products and services that aim to help you save money, all while keeping your home comfortable. Whether you’re looking to cut your winter energy costs or you’re interested in exploring new heating and cooling options, our experts have the answers that you need! To learn more about the products that we carry, have a look at our website and if you have any questions, we’re always glad to help.