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Home Heating Options to Keep Costs Down
- Hire a professional HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technician to thoroughly inspect your heating system, including your furnace. To avoid choosing the wrong company and ending up being overcharged or scammed, always consult your local Better Business Bureau® to find reliable, trustworthy and accredited businesses.
- If your home has an older model thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable one to make your home more energy efficient. If you have a programmable model, you can use home automation capabilities to schedule when you want to adjust the temperature and even control it with your smartphone.
- If technology isn’t your thing, replacing your filters before you start using your heat can help make your heating system more energy-efficient.
- Just like with your furnace, your fireplace and chimney should be inspected by a professional to ensure that the damper, flue and other parts are working properly. Remember to avoid scammers and overcharging by using a trusted service referred by a family member or friend, or check to make sure the company’s profile is on file with the BBB.
- Part of having your chimney inspected should include having the chimney cleaned if there is a build-up of creosote. This combustible substance forms deposits on the chimney walls, making it a leading cause of home heating fires.
- Prevent fireplace fires from growing out of control by having your chimney topped off with protective screening. This will prevent leaves, debris and animals from getting into your chimney and fireplace.
- DON’T place anything flammable or combustible near the heater
- DON’T drape clothing or blankets on or over the heater
- DO use caution when using heaters – they can burn people and animals if they are in close proximity or if the device is turned up too high
- DO use carbon monoxide detectors –make sure you have CO sensors to detect this odorless, colorless gas