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When winter comes to Eastman, Georgia, heating bills tend to skyrocket. When that first bill arrives in the mail, you might panic; but you can get those costs under control. Follow these two DIY strategies to make your home more energy efficient this winter.

Learn Correct Thermostat Programming

A programmable thermostat gives you the best control over your heating needs. Set it to lower the temperature when you’re sleeping or away from home. You can set it to increase slightly when you wake up or return home, for more comfortable temperatures. Even when you’re home, try lowering the temperature by three or four degrees. If you wear an extra layer, such as a sweater, you might not even notice the difference.

Additionally, make sure your furnace runs efficiently all winter. We can inspect your unit to detect any problem(s) — from malfunctioning blowers to loosened seals. A well-maintained furnace typically offers improved energy efficiency.

Seal Your Home

Check doors, windows, attic hatches and basement access points for drafts. You can hold a candle next to suspected leaky areas. If the flame flickers, you will need to seal the area better. Weatherstripping and caulk can both prove useful for sealing your home. They’re also inexpensive, and you can apply them yourself.

Some homes lack adequate insulation, as well. If you notice that you’re colder in your bathroom than any other room in your home, for instance, check the insulation in those areas. You will need to know what type of insulation and how much to use to make a difference.

For added energy efficiency, consider installing blackout curtains or heavy drapes. Open them during the day to take advantage of the sunlight; then close them at night to seal in the warm air. Reflective window films can also help you to control heating costs, so you don’t sacrifice comfort this winter.

If you’re not careful, the cold weather can increase your heating bills. Use the above tips to control energy efficiency this winter. If you need more guidance, or if you’d like to upgrade your furnace, call Pruett Air Conditioning at 478-225-4921.

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