Winter Advice and Recommendations

Winter Advice from Douglas Mechanical Services

Here are some tips to help you save money and to keep your system running optimally during the cold winter months.

Set your Thermostat Properly

Setting your thermostat properly can help you save money and energy. In the winter, set the thermostat at the lowest temperature at which you are comfortable. Douglas Mechanical Services suggests an average setting of 68 degrees in the winter. Keep in mind that when you are using your heating system, your operating costs will increase 3% to 8% for each degree you raise the temperature.

Keep your Windows and Doors Closed

By ensuring that you close all exterior doors and windows to your home, you can help to prevent the loss of heat in the wintertime. Your system won't have to work as hard, and you'll be able to save both money and energy.

Keep Heat Away from your Thermostat

Be certain you do not place any appliances that throw off heat near the thermostats in your home. Household items like televisions, lamps, stereos, or computer equipment can cause an incorrect reading and will decrease the efficiency of your heating system.

Use Fireplaces Sparingly

Brick or wood-burning fireplaces are some of the least efficient heating solutions you can use. Fireplaces send warm air that could otherwise be heating your house right up the chimney. Opening the damper also allows cold air to pour right into your home. If you choose to use your fireplace while your central heating system is on, be sure to check out some of our other money saving tips.

Increase Direct Sunlight

If you let the sun in by opening window shades or blinds, you can help to decrease the amount of work your system will have to do. Consider removing exterior awnings from your home to increase the amount of "free heat" you can get.

Keep your Home Air-Tight

You can help ensure that your heated air remains indoors by adding insulation to all exterior walls, including the attic of your home. Seal any cracks you find, and use insulated windows and doors to keep the warm air in. You can save 10% on your energy bills by reducing the air leaks in your home.