Temperatures in Pennsylvania have been dropping drastically as the winter season is around the corner. Before you can really get into the holly jolly cheer of wintertime, it’s important to make sure your home is prepared for the cold season.
Keep the Heat
A great way to prevent heat escaping from your home is detecting any cracks or holes around doors, walls, and windows. Seal them off with weather strips, caulk, foam, silicone, heat controlling window film, or heavy layered shades. You’d be surprised at the amount of heat that can get lost.
Change the Thermostat
It is recommended to keep your thermostat to the lowest temperature you can, while being comfortable, to save 1% on heating usage for every degree you lower your thermostat. Another financially efficient option is to upgrade to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are great because they learn your habits and adjust automatically, reducing energy usage when you’re not home or in a different room. You can also adjust heat/air conditioning in your home remotely.
Let the Sunshine In
During the day, keep your blinds open to let the sun heat your home naturally.
Use LED lights whenever possible. According to the Energy Department, residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting. The investment you make now will pay off over the long term.