How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Manassas this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been here 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 challenging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to possibly reduce those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. To start controlling your heating bills and boosting your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open throughout the warmest hours of the day to let sunlight in, helping warm your home naturally. Sealing cracks and crevices around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Adding a programmable thermostat so that you can better control the temperature in your home, which will also improve energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every few months. Inspecting your heating vents to make sure they are open and aren’t blocked by any obstructions Replacing your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model if your current furnace is more than 15 years old. Putting insulation in your attic to keep heat from escaping. Checking your roof to confirm your shingles are intact, and that there are no holes or areas that need to be sealed. Trying to keep your energy bills to a minimum and energy efficiency at a maximum, is a year-round practice, 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 reduce your heating bills, give us a buzz at 703-754-1062. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Manassas weather.