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How to Safely Heat Your Home in the Winter

A homeowner is adjusting the indoor temperature by using a tablet with a smart home app in a modern living room in Newark, OH.

When you’re looking for clever, but simple ways to help safely heat your home during the winter season, please consult with our experts at True North in Newark, Ohio. We have plenty of expert guidance and helpful tips to get you through the coldest months of the year. Our top priority is your safety and we want you to stay warm and comfortable in your own home. Follow these tips to help conserve energy, maintain heat indoors, and save you time and money.

Change Your Furnace Filter Regularly

Your furnace works hard to keep your home safe and warm during the brutal months or winter. You should return the favor by ensuring it continues to function properly and receives adequate care and attention. One of the best ways to take care of your furnace is to change the furnace filter regularly. This helps your system function better and last longer, which helps prevent it from breaking down. Changing the furnace filter can help save you energy and money while always reducing the amount of dust in the house. During heating season, we recommend changing them monthly. If you have any questions about the process or concerns about your unit, contact our team for our exceptional heating services.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you work full time like many homeowners, you don’t have to have the heat on in your house while you’re away. A great way to save money and effectively heat your home is to install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to pre-set the temperature you want your home to be for different times of the day. You can set the temperature lower when you’re away and set the heat to increase when you expect to get home each day. You can even keep it cooler as you sleep during the night. The point is to always ensure your comfort in your home. A programmable thermostat will help you achieve this. To have one professionally installed in your home, call our experts at True North at (740) 780-5483.

A family wearing festive socks enjoys curling up by their fireplace to stay warm during the winter in their Newark, OH home.

Enjoy the Fireplace

During the winter, it is practical and enjoyable to have a roaring fire in the fireplace. This can help to heat the room, but just make sure you close the flue when you’re not using your fireplace, as an open fireplace damper is like an open window and can let too much heated air escape. That warm air is then replaced by cold air from the outside. So, enjoy making a fire on a cold winter night, but remember to close the flue when you’re finished, or your house might soon feel colder than when you started the fire. You could even consider investing in a set of glass fireplace doors to contain the heat after the fire has gone out.

Make Sure Your Vents and Radiators Aren’t Blocked

An easy and effective way to help keep your home nice and warm during the winter months is to make sure your vents and radiators aren’t blocked by any furniture so they can properly heat the home without restrictions. Walk around your home and confirm that your couch, chairs, and bed are not blocking the flow of hot air into any of your rooms. If they are blocked, don’t leave them that way. Move the furniture so your rooms will be heated more efficiently, which will save you money and balance the whole heating system.

A man administers a caulk sealant application to seal the home’s windows and prevent cold air from coming into the Newark, OH, home.

Install a Door Sweep and Seal Windows

Cold air can find its way into your house through any cracks or gaps. The most common culprits are your doors and windows. You can install a door sweep to stop a cold draft coming into your home from the outside. The door sweep in a long, thin, vinyl attachment that goes on the bottom edge of the door. You can cut it to shape and keep it in place with a few wood screws. This will block the cold from coming in from underneath your door. There is a similar concern for windows. If you invest in a quick-seal technique, you can help prevent cold air from entering your rooms through gaps in your windows. There are several effective ways to seal your windows—consult with our professionals at True North to learn about what would work best for your home.


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