Think about it. Sledding, skiing, hot chocolate and snowball fights. Winter should be a fun time of the year. Don’t let your utility bills suck the fun out of your winter experience. There are plenty of ways in which you can boost energy efficiency in Kirkland this winter, allowing you to keep warm and cozy while also keeping some money in the bank. Here are a few ideas to get you started. See what else you can come up with to make the most of your winter enjoyment this year.
- Use Your Ceiling Fans: Think ceiling fans are just for summer? Think again. Many people do not realize that their ceiling fans actually have two setting, and we don’t mean high or low. There is a switch on the fixture that allows you to control which way the fan blades rotate. On most ceiling fans the winter setting has the blades going clockwise. This forces air downwards, and since heat rises the fan pushes warm air back down into your living space.
- Weatherstripping and Shrink Wrapping: One of the most common causes of heat loss is poor sealing around your doors and windows. There are easy, cost effective ways to fix this, though. Weatherstripping your doors is a quick, affordable way to prevent heated air from making an exit. Spring for a heavy duty material on those doors that get the most use. Windows are another heat loss culprit, but cheap plastic sheeting can go a long way towards energy efficiency. Shrink wrapping your windows is a simple way to keep your heat inside. The hard part is keeping the cats away.
- Use Your Fireplace: It seems that a number of folks are under the impression that fireplaces are ornamental. Get your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned before winter arrives and put that fireplace to good use. There are few things more soothing than a fire in the den (assuming it’s in the fireplace, of course) so grab some wood and enjoy the comfort that a live fire can provide.
- Bundle Up: It’s a simple step and it may seem obvious, but a lot of people reach for the thermostat rather than for a sweater. Once you’re in for the night pull out those comfy clothes that you wouldn’t dare wear out in public. Drop the thermostat down a few degrees, throw on the sweats and enjoy a cozy night at home.
These simple steps will get you on your way to an efficient, affordable heating season. Add your own ideas to the list and share them with a friend. Everyone loves going into spring with a few extra bucks in the bank.
If you have any questions regarding getting your Kirkland home winter ready, give the heating experts at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric a call. We offer heating services in Kirkland and would be more than happy to chat with you.