Cost Effective Ways to Heat Your Home

By: HomeFirst Certified
November 19, 2013

You can make your manufactured home warmer this winter without spending a small fortune on heating. Whether you have a gas furnace or a heat pump, there are ways to make your system more efficient. Here are some cost-saving tips to help you enjoy a warm home when the winter storms arrive in your area.

Invest in Regular Maintenance for the Heater

It’s a simple fact of the HVAC industry that a well maintained furnace is more efficient than one that’s been neglected. While the weather is still warm, it’s important to have your furnace or heat pump serviced. The technicians can look for potential problems, lubricate moving parts, tighten connections and ensure that your system is ready for the winter.

Give Doors and Windows the Foam Treatment

The harder your furnace has to work, the more your utility bill will rise. Make sure that your home is ready for the winter by inspecting doors and windows and doing a little maintenance on them. Replace worn weather stripping and make sure the windows are closing tightly to minimize air leaks. If the fixtures are still drafty, consider replacing them as soon as possible. If it’s not in the budget to get new windows right now, then protect them by installing special plastic over them to block drafts.

Go Digital with the Thermostat

Choose a digital thermostat to save on heating costs. Whether you have a manufactured home or a stick-built structure, the digital thermostat helps you save money by providing you with greater control. You can set the temperature to drop at night and automatically rise in the morning. It eliminates the need to manually adjust the temperature throughout the day and helps you save money.

Stop Heating Empty Rooms

If your children are growing up and moving out, then you may have a few empty rooms in the home. It’s time to stop heating those spaces. Shut the vents to these rooms and close the doors. This pushes more of the treated air into the rooms you’re actually using and helps you save money.

Heat Your Personal Space

Get a small personal heater and put it in the room the family uses the most. When you’re a little chilly, you can turn on that heater rather than trying to warm the entire house. This is an easy and affordable way to stay warmer this winter, and the new electric heaters are extremely safe. If you have ceiling fans, reverse the fan in the room you’re and let the fan push the warm treated air back down to you.

If you’ve struggled with high heating bills in the past, then you may be worried about reports that this winter will be particularly cold for much of the nation. However, you don’t have to buy a new furnace to enjoy lower heating bills. With these tips, you also don’t have to turn the thermostat down to an uncomfortable temperature. Take steps to make your home more energy efficient and you’ll naturally enjoy lower heating bills along with a warmer home.

How to Heat Your Home This Winter in Cost Effective Ways

By: RichW
November 19, 2013

You can make your manufactured home warmer this winter without spending a small fortune on heating. Whether you have a gas furnace or a heat pump, there are ways to make your system more efficient. Here are some cost-saving tips to help you enjoy a warm home when the winter storms arrive in your area.

Invest in Regular Maintenance for the Heater

It’s a simple fact of the HVAC industry that a well maintained furnace is more efficient than one that’s been neglected. While the weather is still warm, it’s important to have your furnace or heat pump serviced. The technicians can look for potential problems, lubricate moving parts, tighten connnections and ensure that your system is ready for the winter.

Give Doors and Windows the Foam Treatment

The harder your furnace has to work, the more your utility bill will rise. Make sure that your home is ready for the winter by inspecting doors and windows and doing a little maintenance on them. Replace worn weather stripping and make sure the windows are closing tightly to minimize air leaks. If the fixtures are still drafty, consider replacing them as soon as possible. If it’s not in the budget to get new windows right now, then protect them by installing special plastic over them to block drafts.

Go Digital with the Thermostat

Choose a digital thermostat to save on heating costs. Whether you have a manufactured home or a stick-built structure, the digital thermostat helps you save money by providing you with greater control. You can set the temperature to drop at night and automatically rise in the morning. It eliminates the need to manually adjust the temperature throughout the day and helps you save money.

Stop Heating Empty Rooms

If your children are growing up and moving out, then you may have a few empty rooms in the home. It’s time to stop heating those spaces. Shut the vents to these rooms and close the doors. This pushes more of the treated air into the rooms you’re actually using and helps you save money.

Heat Your Personal Space

Get a small personal heater and put it in the room the family uses the most. When you’re a little chilly, you can turn on that heater rather than trying to warm the entire house. This is an easy and affordable way to stay warmer this winter, and the new electric heaters are extremely safe. If you have ceiling fans, reverse the fan in the room you’re and let the fan push the warm treated air back down to you.

If you’ve struggled with high heating bills in the past, then you may be worried about reports that this winter will be particularly cold for much of the nation. However, you don’t have to buy a new furnace to enjoy lower heating bills. With these tips, you also don’t have to turn the thermostat down to an uncomfortable temperature. Take steps to make your home more energy efficient and you’ll naturally enjoy lower heating bills along with a warmer home.

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