How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Columbus this Winter01/02/2015While winter seems like it’s already been here for far too long, its effect on our heating bill is just starting. Achieving low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be tough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to possibly reduce those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help stave off high heating bills. To take aim at lowering your heating bills and increasing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours of the day to bring sunlight in, heating your home naturally. Sealing cracks and crevices around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Installing a programmable thermostat so that you can better control the temperature in your home, which will also increase energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every three months. Making sure your home’s heating vents are open and aren’t blocked by any obstructions Replacing your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model if your current furnace is more than 15 years old. Putting insulation in your attic to keep warm air from escaping. Checking your roof to make sure your shingles are intact, and that there aren’t holes or cracks that will need to be sealed. Working to keep your energy bills down and energy efficiency up, is a year-round battle, one that can seem overwhelming at times. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a few small steps to make sure you’re keeping your bills as low as possible. If you have any questions regarding the tips above or questions about how you can decrease your heating bills, give us a jingle at 614-451-0846. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Columbus weather.