How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Pacheco this Winter01/02/2015While the cold season seems like it’s already been going on for much too long, its influence on our heating bill is only 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 stave off high heating bills. To start controlling your heating bills and increasing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open throughout the warmest hours of the day to allow sunlight in, heating your home naturally. Sealing leaks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Installing a programmable thermostat so that you can more precisely control the temperature in your home, which will also enhance energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every three months. Checking your home's heating vents to ensure they are open and aren’t blocked by any obstructions Replacing your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model if your furnace has been around for more than 15 years. Installing 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 down and energy efficiency up, 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 regarding the tips above or questions about how you can reduce your heating bills, give us a jingle at 925-689-7017. Our experts are here to help ensure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Pacheco weather.