How to Lower Your Heating Bills in McMurray this Winter01/02/2015While the cold season seems like it’s already been around for far too long, its influence 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 lower those costs. That’s why we’ve developed a few furnace tips to help keep soaring heating bills at bay. 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 allow sunlight in, helping warm 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 enhance energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every few months. 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 your furnace has been around for more than 15 years. Adding insulation to your attic to keep the heat trapped inside. Checking your roof to confirm your shingles are intact, and that there aren’t holes or cracks that will need to be sealed. Trying to keep your energy bills to a minimum and energy efficiency at a maximum, 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 about the tips above or questions about how you can reduce your heating bills, give us a buzz at 724-745-7404. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy McMurray weather.