How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Beaverton this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been here for much too long, its influence on our heating bill is only beginning. Achieving low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to help decrease those costs. That’s why we’ve developed a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. To begin reducing your heating bills and increasing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours of the day to let 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 better control the temperature in your home, which will also increase energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every few months. Making sure your home’s heating vents 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 no holes or areas need sealing. Attempting to keep your energy bills to a minimum and energy efficiency at a maximum, is a year-round battle, one that can seem overwhelming at times. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do some of the smaller things to make sure you’re keeping your bills as low as possible. If you have any questions related to the tips above or questions about how you can lower your heating bills, give us a jingle at 503-848-3838. Our experts are here to help ensure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Beaverton weather.