How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Keokuk this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been around for far too long, its impact on our heating bill is just starting. Achieving low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to potentially decrease those costs. That’s why we’ve come up with a few furnace tips to help stave off high heating bills. To start controlling your heating bills and boosting your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open during the warmest parts of the day to allow sunlight in, heating your home naturally. Sealing cracks and crevices around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Purchasing 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 regularly. Checking your home's heating vents to ensure they 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. Adding insulation to your attic to keep warm air from escaping. Checking your roof to confirm your shingles are intact, and that there are no holes or areas that need to be sealed. Attempting 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 a few small things to make sure you’re keeping your bills as low as possible. If you have any questions regarding the tips above or questions about how you can decrease your heating bills, give us a buzz at 319-524-3714. Our experts are here to help make sure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Keokuk weather.