Simple ways to keep warm this winter

home insulationNow that we are in the middle of winter and have seen the first utility bills of the cold season, many homeowners in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area are growing interested in staying warm without breaking their budget. You won't need to crank up your thermostat as high thanks to these simple ways to keep warm this winter.

Eliminate Drafts

Weather-stripping protects your home and keeps you more comfortable because it helps to eliminate drafts. Cold wind coming into the house through small cracks around the front door or windowsills causes you to run the heater more often than necessary.

Add Insulation

If your home is not already insulated, have a professional add insulation in the attic and in the walls. You can also install insulated windows to further reduce the amount of heat escaping outside.

Arrange for Regular Inspections and Maintenance

A dirty, poorly maintained HVAC system will not run as efficiently. Not only can the components become damaged because they have to work harder than usual, you will not be getting your money's worth. Annual visits from an HVAC professional will ensure that the system remains clean and in proper working order. This keeps the HVAC system running longer and less expensively.

Put on Layered Clothing

Before adjusting the thermostat, try dressing in layers. Adding an undershirt or donning a sweater is a quick and easy way to warm up in a hurry.

Wear Slippers and a Hat

Donning slippers will keep in the heat and is an excellent way to keep your body warm. For added warmth, wear a hat as well, since so much body heat escapes from the top of your head.

Install Rugs or Carpeting

Instead of walking on cold wooden or tile floors, put in some rugs or add carpeting. They insulate your feet from the frigid cold and will lower your heating bills as well.

Keep Busy in the Kitchen

Winter is a time when you will more likely want to stay cocooned at home and cook your favorite meals. Staying active in the kitchen every day will naturally warm up the house as you use the oven and stove.

Close the Curtains

Windows get frigid at night and you can shield your home from the cold by remembering to close all curtains when it grows dark. Many people make a ritual of drawing the curtains closed as they check to make sure they've locked the doors and turned off lights before heading to bed each night.

Smart Thermostat

Gain better control over your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system by installing a smart thermostat. You can set up schedules to keep the house warm more efficiently, such as warming up earlier during weekdays as people come home from work and school and using it less when the family is out running errands, for example.

The experienced professionals at David Gray Heating & Air take pride in helping people keep their homes warm and cozy in the greater Jacksonville, Florida region and beyond during the cold winter months. If it's been a while since your HVAC system has been inspected by qualified technicians, you'll want to set up an appointment as soon as possible.

When heating systems run inefficiently, it causes more wear and tear on the equipment as well as driving up your utility bills. For more information on keeping warm this winter or to schedule an appointment for inspection and maintenance, please contact David Gray Heating & Air today.

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