How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Lake Charles this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been around for way too long, its effect on our heating bill is just starting. Maintaining low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be tough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to possibly reduce those costs. That’s why we’ve come up with a few furnace tips to help keep soaring heating bills at bay. To begin reducing your heating bills and enhancing 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 leaks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Adding 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 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 the heat trapped inside. Checking your roof to ensure your shingles are intact, and that there aren’t holes or cracks that will 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 lower your heating bills, give us a call at 337-335-0992. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Lake Charles weather.