How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Utica this Winter01/02/2015While winter seems like it’s already been here for much too long, its impact on our heating bill is just beginning. Maintaining low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be tough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to potentially lower those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. To take aim at lowering your heating bills and increasing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open during the warmest parts of the day to bring sunlight in, heating your home naturally. Sealing cracks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Adding a programmable thermostat so that you can more precisely control the temperature in your home, which will also improve 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 you’ve had your current furnace for more than 15 years. Installing insulation to your attic to keep the heat trapped inside. Checking your roof to make sure your shingles are intact, and that no holes or areas need sealing. Trying 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 do some of the smaller things to make sure you’re keeping your bills as low as possible. If you have any questions related to the tips above or questions about how you can lower your heating bills, give us a buzz at 586-731-0950. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Utica weather.