No Cost Ways to Stay More Comfortable This Winter and Save Money

  • Clean warm-air registers and air returns as well as baseboard heaters on a regular basis to eliminate dust so that heat and air flows freely. 
  • Make sure your heat registers and air returns are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Move your furniture around so you are not sitting near exterior walls and older windows which are more likely to be drafty. 
  • Open your curtains, drapes or blinds on south facing windows on sunny days to let let the sun warm your home for free. Just remember to close them at night. 
  • Flip your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise and run it at a slow speed to circulate that warm air trapped near the ceiling.
  • When not in use, keep your fireplace door and damper closed because it will pull heated air out of the house and right up the chimney.
  • Don't run kitchen or bath exhaust fans any longer than necessary as they pull air out of your home.
  • Wear warm layered clothing indoors during cold weather. A light long-sleeved sweater is worth about 2 degrees in added warmth, while a heavy sweater adds about 4 degrees. So cozy up and start saving. 
  • Close heating vents and doors to rooms like the attic, garage, basement, spare bedrooms and storage areas that don't require much heat. Heat only those rooms that you use.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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