During the cold winter months, there is a tendency to batten down the hatches, stay indoors and luxuriate in the warmth of toasty home. If you’re not careful, however, you can end up heating the great outdoors while getting stuck with a hefty heating bill in the spring.

Here at American Air, Plumbing, and Electrical, we like to help our customers save money and protect our planet in any way we can. These simple and practical tips can keep your home warm in the winter without increasing your carbon footprint or paying a king’s ransom in energy bills.

Seal Your House Well

Weather-strip your doors, seal your baseboards and caulk your windows. You can lose anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of heat through small cracks and openings throughout your home. Search your house high and low to identify areas that give outside cold air free and easy entry into your house, then fill, block or plug them shut.

Insulate your water heater pipes and ducts to prevent heat from dissipating before they reach the rest of the house. Heavy, lined curtains will also prevent heat from escaping. Make sure they extend below the window frame; this works better in keeping the warm air inside your house.

Use Your Thermostat to Save Money and Energy

If you do not have a programmable thermostat, consider having one installed in your home. This makes it easy for you to control the temperature throughout your house, even if you are not home. Set the temperature lower when everyone is out during the day or at nighttime when you and your family are all snug and cozy under a heap of comforters in your bedrooms.

Before you nudge it up a notch, consider putting on a pair of thick socks or an added layer of clothing. Even donning a regular sweater can increase your body heat by as much as two degrees, which means you can lower the thermostat by that much and still be comfortable.

As a reliable provider of air conditioner service in Orlando for 28 years, you can count on us to do everything we can to help create a warm, efficient and safe home environment for you and your family. You can depend on our highly-trained and professional technicians for all your questions and concerns about Orlando HVAC service, repair, and installation.

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