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Heating Tricks and Treats

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Trick or Treat? How about both? Here at Hedrick’s Service Now we are coming through on Halloween gifts, with home heating tips that will reduce your utility bills and show you how to heat your home more efficiently.

Hedrick’s Home Heating Tips

Install Curtains

Curtains add insulation to your home by reducing the amount of radiant heat loss through your windows. You will retain more heat, and your felt temperature will go up when your curtains are closed. As your home will no longer lose heat like it used to, you can stop constantly running your heating system!

Bake More

Time to start baking more! Using your oven will actually heat your home while you cook or bake, as it is a heat-generating appliance. So, the more Halloween treats you make, the better!

Position Tinfoil Behind Your Radiator

You are losing a ton of heat if your radiator is placed against an external wall. This is also costing you in more ways than one. As a result of heat loss through external walls, you will use your heater more, which causes your utility bills to spike. By positioning a piece of tinfoil between your radiator and your wall, your heat will be pushed back into your home!

Move Your Furniture

It’s as good a time as any to rearrange your living room furniture. Make sure to move your furniture away from your windows. This will prevent radiant heat loss from your body through your windows, and your felt temperature will increase!

Switch Your Fans to Rotate Clockwise

On the side of your ceiling fan, you should see a tiny switch. It’s the time of year where you can flip that switch! Your fan will change directions, and start to rotate clockwise. This will push warm air down, and you will feel warmer! Just make sure to only use ceiling fans when you are in the room, as they only affect the room in which they are installed.

Patch Air Leaks

When you have cracks in your home, you have to use your heater more to keep your indoor climate comfortable. How to fix this money-draining issue? Weatherstripping and caulking. Seal any cracks around your doors with weatherstripping, and any leaks around your windows with caulking. It’s best to have a professional apply these accessories to ensure they are properly installed.

Change Your Bedding

Changing your bed covers from cotton to heavier materials, such as Flannel, will provide better insulation when you are sleeping, and you will be able to turn your thermostat down at night, saving money!

Throw Rugs

Did you know that your flooring is responsible for 10% of your home’s heat loss? Decorate your home with some throw rugs to better insulate your flooring. You’ll be able to feel the difference.

For more home heating tips, contact Hedrick’s Service Now, at (214) 509-6029.