How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Crystal Lake this Winter01/02/2015While the cold season seems like it’s already been going on for much too long, its effect on our heating bill is just beginning. Maintaining low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to help reduce those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. To start controlling your heating bills and enhancing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open throughout the warmest hours of the day to bring sunlight in, warming your home naturally. Sealing leaks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Purchasing a programmable thermostat so that you can better control the temperature in your home, which will also enhance energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter regularly. Inspecting your heating vents to make sure they are open and aren’t blocked by any obstructions Replacing your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model if your furnace has been around for more than 15 years. Installing insulation to your attic to keep heat from escaping. Checking your roof to confirm your shingles are intact, and that there are no holes or areas that need to be sealed. Working to keep your energy bills low and energy efficiency high, is a year-round effort, 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 about the tips above or questions about how you can reduce your heating bills, give us a call at 815-788-6283. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Crystal Lake weather.