The bitter winter months are here. Everyone wants to stay warm and comfortable in their home by turning up the heat yet they want to save money as well.
Although heating can be expensive, it is necessary to keep warm. To stay warm and save money this winter, follow these six steps:
- Change your thermostat from cooling to heating.
- Check your furnace filter for dirt, dust and grime once a month during the winter and clean as needed.
- Move flammable objects away from your furnace to avoid a costly house fire.
- Check for air leaks in exposed ductwork. If there are any leaks, tape them up as leaks are a top “energy waster” in homes.
- Make sure your heating vents are uncovered to prevent your furnace from overheating.
- If you suspect that your furnace is not working properly, have a professional inspect it. According to Angie’s List, an inspection costs between $60 and $85 where as a new furnace will cost $3900.
Be proactive by following these tips to avoid having to buy a new furnace or pay for costly repairs as insurance might not cover damages to your furnace. To learn more about what items in your home are covered on your homeowners’ policy, visit AssuredPartners Personal Insurance.
Sources: consumerenergycenter.org, NFPA and Angie’s List