The winter is coming, but it doesn’t have to mean egregiously high energy bills!

Tis the season for pumpkins, leaves, cornucopias and cozy sweaters, and while there’s a lot to love about the fall, it also means that winter is almost here. For most of us, winter means cold temperatures and higher energy bills. However, there are many things you can do to prevent your bills from getting too high, and your friends at ElectricMasters are here to help. Here are several things you can do to stay warm and save money this winter:

#1. Harness the power of the sun.

Letting sunlight in is a free way to increase the light and warmth in your home. During the day when the sun is shining, open your blinds and curtains to allow the sun to stream into your home. And when it’s dark out, closing your curtains will help to insulate the windows a bit more, preserving more of the heat in your home.

#2. Program your thermostat.

If you have a programmable thermostat in your home, you already have a leg-up as far as efficiency is concerned, you just have to know how to program it properly for maximum savings and efficiency. When you’re at home and awake, it’s okay for your thermostat to be set a little higher. But when you’re at work or asleep for the night, programming your thermostat at a lower temperature will help you save more money.

#3. Change the direction of your ceiling fan.

Most people think that ceiling fans are only good for cooling purposes, but believe it or not, they can also be used to keep your home warmer in the winter. However, in order to enjoy the warming benefits of your ceiling fan, you’ll need to change the direction it’s rotating. To get the most out of your ceiling fan throughout the year, make sure that it’s rotating counter-clockwise in the summer — which pushes hot air up — and clockwise in the winter — which will trap the heat and keep your home warmer.

#4. Bundle up inside!

We’re not advising you to set your thermostat so low that you need a beanie, mittens and a scarf to stay warm enough in your home. However, if you dress a smidge warmer inside your home, you could get away with comfortably lowering your thermostat a few degrees, which could help you save quite a bit of money over time. It’s also a good idea to invest in winter-friendly bedding, like flannel sheets and warm quilts, which will allow you to program your thermostat at a lower temperature at night.

#5. Make sure your vents are open and unobstructed.

Every vent in your home needs to be open and unobstructed in order for your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible. Some people attempt to save more money by closing the vents off to rooms or specific areas of their home; however, if you have central air, you’ll only end up with higher bills if you do this. Central air systems are designed to keep the whole house at a certain temperature, and if one room is far cooler than the rest of the house because you closed the vents, your heater will keep pumping out warm air in an attempt to get the temperature up in that area, too. Furthermore, closing vents will cause a buildup of pressure inside the ducts, which can cause tiny leaks to form, reducing your system’s efficiency and leading to costly repairs.

#6. Get your HVAC system tuned up.

If there are any problems with your heater or ventilation system, they could be preventing your system from running efficiently or keeping your home warm enough. Having a professional come out and tune up your system will ensure that every individual part is working properly and running smoothly. You’ll also be alerted to any minor problems that could get bigger and more expensive to fix down the road.

We hope that these tips will help you enjoy a warmer winter without excessively high energy bills. If your HVAC system is in need of a repair or regular maintenance, or the time has come to install a new HVAC system in your home in Cincinnati, turn to the experts at ElectricMasters. We offer a variety of HVAC services, and we have what it takes to meet all of your heating and cooling needs. Schedule your service today!