If your monthly heating bill is causing you heat up a bit yourself, it might be time to take a look at how you can make your heating system run more efficiently. Here are a few DIY tips to keep in mind that should help keep your energy costs down all winter long:
Invest in a Space Heater or Two
If you spend most of your time in one area of the house, consider investing in a space heater for that particular area. This might allow you to close the vents in the other rooms throughout your house or even shut off your heating system entirely for a little bit if you plan on sitting right on top of the heater. Yes, space heaters use electricity and that will cost energy, but the cost of running one or two small space heaters is certainly going to be less than what it costs for your HVAC system to keep the entire house warm.
Add Your Own Insulation
If your house has faulty insulation, you'll want to get that fixed by an expert. Even with good insulation, however, there are additional things you can do to help keep your airflow from leaking in or out of the house.
One idea is to install a new set of blinds and curtains on every window and keep them drawn if you are not in the room. The additional material or fabric will act as a buffer that keeps cool air out and the warm air from your heater inside the house.
If you notice a drafty window or two, you could use a t-shirt or some other kind of fabric along the bottom to try and give yourself a temporary fix. For best results though, you'll want professional help.
Don't Heat Your Home When You're Not in It
Are you still using a standard thermostat that keeps the temperature in your house the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? By switching to a programmable thermostat, you can begin making some serious adjustments to the temperature when the house is not in use. Allow the heater to turn off and take a break while you are at work, but have it automatically turn back on maybe an hour or so before you leave the office. Allowing your heating system to shut down, even for a little bit every now and then, can reduce long term wear and tear and also save you money on energy costs.
For best results, contact a heating service professional to have your system inspected at least once a year.