How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Elmhurst this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been going on for far too long, its influence on our heating bill is only beginning. Achieving 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 decrease those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. To take aim at lowering your heating bills and enhancing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours of the day to bring sunlight in, warming your home naturally. Sealing cracks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Adding a programmable thermostat so that you can more easily control the temperature in your home, which will also improve energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every three 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. Adding insulation to your attic to keep heat from escaping. Checking your roof to confirm your shingles are intact, and that there are no holes or areas that need to be sealed. Trying to keep your energy bills down and energy efficiency up, is a year-round effort, one that can seem overwhelming at times. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do a few small things to make sure you’re keeping your bills as low as possible. If you have any questions about the tips above or questions about how you can lower your heating bills, give us a buzz at 630-833-1100. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Elmhurst weather.