Mokena residents know far too well the frustration that comes with high home heating costs. As cooler weather makes its way toward our region in the coming weeks and months, it’s imperative to take several steps toward reducing that monthly bill. Here are our top 10, as explained by Today.com.
- Wear socks – Nothing beats walking around the house barefoot. That said, if your feet are cold, your whole body will likely feel cold. So wear a pair of warm socks throughout the fall and winter when inside your house.
- Take a hot shower – The next time you take a hot shower, keep the bathroom door open so steam spreads to other rooms. Believe it or not, doing something as simple as this makes a huge difference as far as staying warm.
- Lower your thermostat – This is an easy way to cut up to 10 percent off your heating bill. Even if you’re just leaving for several hours, turn down the thermostat a few degrees. Plus, chances are that you won’t even notice the change in temperature when you return home.
- Pay attention to the water heater – If your water heater currently sits at 140 degrees, try turning it down to about 120 degrees. Again, even this slight adjustment allows you to keep more green in your wallet at the end of the month.
- Opt for a programmable thermostat – Have you always wanted to adjust the heat in your house on a predetermined schedule? You can do just that with a programmable thermostat. Expect to pay anywhere between $30 and $100 for the initial cost. That said, it’s well worth the investment.
- Don’t let heat escape – You want to trap heat inside as much as possible during Illinois winters. When the heat is on, keep doors and windows shut. If you happen to have a fireplace and aren’t using it, watch so that the flue is closed and that glass doors are in place.
- Light a candle – No, this isn’t for the purpose of warmth. Rather, hold the flame near windows, doors, and light fixtures and look for smoke moving in a horizontal direction. If you see it, chances are that you’ve spotted an air leak, which signals that heat is escaping. Consider installing some low-cost caulking or weather-stripping. You could even take it a step further by adding insulation.
- Wash the unit – Every few months, be sure to hose the outside unit down to clear it of dirt, grime, and other debris. This prevents the system from being overworked and allows it to perform at optimum.
- Keep windows covered when it’s dark – Many homeowners still have older windows. In order to reduce heat loss and fend off cold air, keep windows covered after the sun goes down.
- Call for a checkup – Remember that proper maintenance is the best way to ensure that your heating unit runs efficiently. From furnace repair to general furnace service, the professionals at Allegiance Heating & Cooling can help. Don’t let putting off heating repairs make you feel miserable in your own home.
Speak with a technician today and get started with top-notch heater service in no time.