How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Columbia this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been around for far too long, its effect on our heating bill is just beginning. Keeping energy costs low during the coldest months of the year can be a challenge, 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 during the warmest parts of the day to bring sunlight in, helping warm your home naturally. Sealing cracks 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 improve 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 current furnace is more than 15 years old. Putting insulation in 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. Working to keep your energy bills down and energy efficiency up, 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 related to the tips above or questions about how you can reduce your heating bills, give us a call at 803-318-6995. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Columbia weather.