3 Ways To Lower Your Heating Bill And Still Stay Warm

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Every winter, you want two things when it comes to your heat. You want your house to be warm, and you want to avoid paying through the nose for it. It can be hard to make sure that you stay warm without having to pay a lot of money. However, there are some things that you can do that will keep you warmer and save money on your heating bills. 

Check Your Windows

There are several things that you are looking for when it comes to your windows. One thing you need to do is make sure that the windows are all shut and locked. It can be really easy to think that the window is completely closed even when there is a tiny opening. That lets the hot air leak out from your house. Just the simple action of locking the window will make sure the window is completely closed. 

You should also check the caulking around your windows. If the caulk around your windows or the frames is old and crumbly, then you need to replace it. You can get caulk at most hardware stores. It's a relatively easy task, you just pull the trigger and leave a nice line of caulk behind. 

Seal Your Ducts

The ducts carry the heated air from your furnace to the various vents. If your ducts aren't properly sealed, then all that hot air is going to slip out and not heat up your house. That means you are going to have to make your furnace work harder in order to get your house warm. There is special foil tape that you should use in order to seal those ducts. After you have sealed them, you should also make sure that they are insulated properly. If you don't feel like this is something you can do on your own, you can always have an HVAC service tech come in and do it for you. That way you will know that everything will be done correctly. 

Clean Your Registers

The registers are where the heated air comes out. If it is dirty, some of the heated air will be blocked from coming out. You can use a vacuum hose to suck the dirt and dust off the register. You can also take the top of the register off to clean it if it is really dirty. 

You want to be able to have a house that is nice and warm. You also want to save as much money as possible while having that warm house. For more information about heating, go to sites that focus on energy efficiency. 

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