When the temperatures drop during winter in Hendersonville, North Carolina, you might find yourself struggling to keep your home comfortable. Sometimes, even a finely tuned high-efficiency system can’t keep up with the demand. Keep your home comfortable, save money and reduce energy usage all winter long with these awesome hacks.
Schedule a Tuneup
It’s up for debate whether a tuneup qualifies as a hack. But if you haven’t had your furnace serviced in years, you could probably think of it as just that. A tuneup is just what you need to ensure your system is running smoothly.
When our factory-trained service technician arrives, they’ll go over every element and component of the system with a fine-tooth comb. They’ll identify any troublesome areas that are a cause for concern.
The result is a furnace that hums through winter without a hitch, offering pinpoint temperature control, reducing energy waste and limiting catastrophic repairs during the holiday season.
Use the Power of Your Curtains and the Sun
Even when temperatures are down, the sun still shines brightly during most days in Hendersonville. The best part about this is that sun offers heat that’s free, and you can harness it with little effort.
Open your curtains during the day to let the sunlight naturally warm your home. When the sun goes down, close your curtains to keep the warmth inside by adding a layer of insulation between your rooms and the window.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
If you still use a manual or programmable thermostat, your comfort and bank account may suffer as a result. These outdated units don’t always get the exact temperature and aren’t proactive when it comes to temperature changes. That’s why you should consider a smart thermostat.
These controls “learn” your behavior over time, adjusting the temperature even when you’re away from home. In addition, most smart thermostats have internet connectivity. When you download the appropriate app, you can change the temperature from anywhere on your phone or mobile device. This is perfect when you want to cool the house while you’re away or heat it up during your commute home. If you forget to change the temperature while you’re on vacation, it can take care of that as well.
Harness the Power of an Electric Blanket
When it’s bitterly cold outside, an electric blanket is a godsend. Hop into bed, turn it on high and you have a nice toasty bed at your disposal. However, that’s not the only thing you can do with an electric blanket. An hour or so before you go to sleep, put the electric blanket on your bed and turn it on low. So when it’s time to hit the hay, your bed is already warm.
You can also use an electric blanket to heat your outfit for the next day. Put your clothes on top of an electric blanket and, after your shower, pop them on for some added warmth. It won’t necessarily warm your entire home, but you can make sure that you’re comfortable from the start of the day.
Get Rid of Drafts
If you notice any drafty areas in your home, grab a caulking gun and get to work. Armed with this tool, you can seal any cracks around doors, windows and other areas. You can also walk around your home’s exterior and seal areas around spigots, windows, and other spots that might let in cold air.
Cover Your Floors
If they aren’t properly insulated, hardwood floors can account for a substantial amount of heat loss. However, you can offset this loss by putting area rugs and blankets on your floor. You can also put wood putty or filler into the areas between each floorboard to keep out drafts. It may not always look great, but your feet and your body will thank you for the added warmth.
Using hacks to keep your home warm is just part of the battle. But if your furnace isn’t running at peak condition, these tips are all for naught. Use Gentry Heating Inc. for all your furnace repair and maintenance needs. Call us today at 828-581-4045.
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