3 Inexpensive Ways to Use Less Energy During the Heating Season

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In Lufkin, Texas, finding ways to lower your energy consumption in the winter often means you’ll save money all season long. Find out how you can use less energy during the heating season with inexpensive HVAC and home decor solutions.

Adjust Ceiling Fans

If you’ve ever taken steps to lower your energy usage over the summer, you’ve probably turned on your ceiling fans to increase airflow and create a wind chill effect. Did you know that you can use ceiling fans to keep warm in the winter, too?

During the heating season, adjust ceiling fans to move in a clockwise direction at a low setting. Doing so will prevent hot air from settling near the ceiling, and it will also push warm air downward without creating a breeze.

Program Your Smart Thermostat

You might not be in the market for a new furnace or heat pump this winter, but you can give your HVAC system new functionality with a smart thermostat. If you haven’t upgraded to a new thermostat yet, the knowledgeable technicians at McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning can walk you through our programmable models and smart Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

No matter which you choose, be sure to program a sensible heating schedule. Set the temperature around 68 degrees while you’re at home, and dial it back 8 to 10 degrees while you’re asleep or out of the house. By doing this, you’ll save up to 10 percent on climate control costs.

Hang New Curtains

Curtains can make a big difference in terms of keeping out cold drafts during the heating season, as long as you open and close them as necessary. Hang new curtains as close as possible to each window, and ensure that they cover the whole window. Close them at night and in the absence of any direct sunlight, and you’ll reduce heat loss by up to 10 percent.

From efficient heating systems to energy-saving add-ons, we can help make your home more eco-friendly this year. Call McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning today to learn more about our smart heating solutions: 936-465-9191.

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