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Tips for Winter Heating Efficiency Heating

money-savingWe don’t put too much faith in groundhogs and other such stories around here. It’s Iowa, and it’s February. That means that it’s still winter, and it’s still cold outside. That means that you are going to need your heating system to hang in there until the warmer weather really does start to arrive, whatever some famous critter may have to say about it. That also means that you need to continue paying to heat your home, which may come as even more unwelcome news than a few more weeks of winter.

The good news is we’ve got some tips to share with you today that can help you to dial back your heating costs a bit. No, we’re not going to claim that you can make your heater more efficient than its heating efficiency rating will allow for. We’re also not going to tell you that you need to invest in a brand new high-efficiency heating system to start saving money either, though. Keep these tips in mind to enjoy more efficient heating in Waukee, IA.

Get Some Good Curtains

What is this, a home decorating blog all of a sudden? No, but you should definitely shop around to find some good, heavy curtains that also complement the style in your home. So why are we telling you about curtains on a heating efficiency blog? Because using those curtains strategically is one of the simplest ways in which you can stretch your heating budget further.

Even if your windows are not drafty, the sun shining through them can definitely help to warm up your home. And their frigid panes at night can allow heat to transfer through them. During the day, when the sun is shining bright, pull those curtains open and take advantage of some natural heat gain. Then, when the sun is going down and temperatures start to drop, draw those curtains shut to help trap the heat in your home.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

We told you that it’s not necessary to upgrade your whole system and spend a ton of money in order to start enjoying improved heating efficiency—and we meant it! What you can do, and quite affordably, is upgrade your thermostat, though. If you’re using a very basic digital model that you’re always fiddling with, now is the time to replace it.

At least opt for a model that offers programmability. That way, you can set up heating programs built around your old schedule. You won’t be coming home to a cold environment, but you also won’t be running a heater full blast all day long in an empty home. To really take things to the next level, and if your heater is compatible, consider a smart thermostat.

Schedule Maintenance

There is no getting around it, and there is no denying it. The best way in which to enjoy the most efficient performance that your home heating system has to offer is to schedule routine heating maintenance with a trained professional. Give us a call to do just that.

The more well-tuned your heater is, the easier it is going to be for that heater to do its job. The easier it is for the heater to do its job, the less energy it will consume in doing so. The minimal cost of maintenance can pay off in a big way over time.

Schedule your heating services with the pros here at Schaal Heating and Cooling.

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