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Money-Saving Home Heating Tips

The sun may be hanging out a little longer these days, but for a lot of us the weather is still getting colder (we're lookin' at you, Boston) and our heating bills continue to rise. Old Man Winter can be a bit of a jerk like that. To add insult to injury, many people also have to put up with old heating systems that are so expensive to use they may as well just huddle together and burn their cash to keep warm. The majority of homes in America use furnaces powered by electric, gas or even oil, giving rise to images of <em>A Christmas Story</em> and Ralphie’s dad battling the belching clunker in the basement. It’s a fight a lot of us will face in the coming months, but there are ways to tip the scales in your favor as winter’s chill deepens to a hard freeze. <strong>1. Remove vent obstructions.</strong> It’s easy to assume that a radiator, baseboard heater or furnace vent is going to heat a room the same no matter its location or if anything is sitting near it (or over it). After all, it’s heat. It rises, <em>duh</em>. But, that's a mistake. Don’t let your interior design scheme interfere with your home heating efficiency – move furniture and other obstructions away from heat sources. <strong>2. Clean and/or replace those filters.</strong> It’s never too late to replace filters if you haven’t done so already. A dirty filter will trap heat in the vents and it will cost you more to get heat to where you need it most. The folks at the U.S. Department of Energy recommend you clean your filters every month and to replace them according to your furnace model’s schedule. <strong>3. They call it “duct tape” for a reason.</strong> The air ducts that deliver heat from your furnace to the rest of your house are fairly fragile things and prone to leaks. Check them to make sure they are sealed well and, if not, tape them until you can manage a more permanent solution. <strong>4. Install a programmable thermostat.</strong> Ah, the wonders of technology! Programmable thermostats can help you better manage your heat by letting you get more accurate with the temperature and set automatic on and off times. Some will even let you control it with your smartphone, so you can view your heat settings and make adjustments on the fly. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/?linkloc=topnav_blog" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips help you save a little money this winter and welcomes you to check out these other heating tips <a title="Home Heating Tips" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/how-to-lower-your-heating-bills/" target="_blank">here</a>.
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