During the winter months in Williamsburg, Virginia, you probably find yourself constantly adjusting your heating system. To keep your home warm without spending a fortune on heating bills, try uncovering windows, reversing the direction of ceiling fans, and opening blocked air vents in rooms.
Use Window Coverings Effectively
When the sun is shining during the day, keep your windows uncovered to take advantage of the free warmth. After the sun goes down, you can close the curtains. Curtains act as insulators and keep the warmth inside.
Make sure your windows and doors are free from any gaps or leaks that reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, which can result in higher utility bills.
Reverse the Direction of Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans in your home, reverse the direction in which the fans operate during the winter season. When a fan turns in reverse, it can move the warmer air that tends to travel up toward the ceiling down the walls and toward the floor of a room. Turn off fans when you leave rooms as they can waste electricity if they’re operating when you’re not present.
Open Closed Air Vents
You may be tempted to close or block air vents in your home to increase the airflow in other rooms. However, this habit is one you should break. Closing air vents can throw off the balance of your HVAC system, resulting in a buildup of pressure that can decrease your system’s efficiency. You may want to think about setting up HVAC zones if you’re worried about heating areas of the house that you don’t use often. Zoning allows you to create targeted areas that have their own individual HVAC controls. Through zoning, you can create more control over the temperature in specific areas.
If you’re struggling to maintain a warm, comfortable atmosphere in your home, our team at Lighthouse Mechanical Heating and Cooling can help. Contact us at 757-251-0579.
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