Battling the fall and winter cold in Murray, Kentucky, can be a pricey prospect. Keep your monthly utility bills as low as possible by taking these smart steps to increase the energy efficiency in your home.

Cover the Windows

If you’re not mindful of your windows, they can provide the perfect place for heat to seep out of your living space. You can improve efficiency around the windows this winter by:

  • Sealing cracks with caulk
  • Installing weather stripping along the bottoms of windows
  • Taping clear plastic film to interior window frames
  • Installing close-fitting drapes or shades

Open drapes or shades to let the sunshine in during the day to warm your home naturally, but always close them at night to help keep the heat inside.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

The best time for furnace maintenance is early autumn. Regular maintenance will help your furnace run as efficiently as possible. Your unit will have a longer lifespan with fewer repairs.

In between your annual maintenance visits, make sure you check your filter monthly and change it whenever it’s visibly dirty, or at least once every three months.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

A programmable smart thermostat can help you conserve energy. You can input settings that are customized to the day of the week and time of day, so you’re never using unnecessary heat during periods when you’re away. You can even adjust temperatures remotely with the right app to compensate for days when you’re out of the house longer than you expected. Many efficient thermostats will also give you personalized tips on how to increase your energy savings.

If you’re overdue for maintenance on your furnace or need other assistance improving energy efficiency in your home, contact Thornton Heating & Air at 270-753-8181. We can help you explore your options for more eco-friendly systems to get your utility bills down.

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