If you’re like most folks in Austin, Texas, you’re looking for ways to reduce your heating costs this winter. Saving money can be as simple as adjusting your ceiling fans or identifying drafts. These four tasks will help you save energy this winter and keep more money in your pocket.

Switch Ceiling Fan Directions

Yes, you should run your ceiling fans during the winter months – but in reverse. Doing so forces all the warm air that rises back into the living area, helping keep the house warm without cranking up the heater too high. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise on a low setting.

Take Advantage of Solar Heat

Even if your home doesn’t have solar power, you can still benefit from the sun’s free energy. Open the curtains covering all south-facing windows to bring some heat into the home. Once the sun sets, close the curtains to retain the heat.

Program the Thermostat

Did you know you can save as much as 10 percent on your energy bills by turning down the thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours? That’s an average night’s sleep.

If you tend to get chilly at night, you can set the thermostat to a lower temperature while you’re out of the house. Then program it to heat things up a half hour before you come home.

Seal Drafts

Does the air feel cold underneath the front door? Buy a decorative draft stopper.

For cold air leaking through the windows, some weather stripping or insulation film can take care of the problem. Spend some time walking from room to room on a cold day to identify drafty areas. For leaks located inside the HVAC ductwork, ask a service technician to seal them.

Don’t spend more money on energy than you have to this winter. Contact Woods Comfort Systems at 512-842-5066 to schedule an HVAC appointment. With our help, you can keep more money in your bank account this season so you can put it to better use elsewhere.

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