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    Winter is here and we hope your heater has been keeping you comfortable! Aside from staying cozy on these chilly winter nights, you also don’t want a surprise hike in your heating bill! One secret weapon to keeping costs down is already mounted on your wall. In this post, we’ll take a look at your thermostat and offer a few tips on how to improve efficiency and stay comfortable.

    A TALE OF TWO STORIES

    We all know heat rises, but how does that impact a two-story home? If your thermostat temperature is the same for the whole house, the upstairs area will naturally stay warmer and your HVAC will be working hard to balance it out. Instead, set the thermostat to be a little warmer downstairs. That warm air will make its way north (upstairs) helping balance the home’s temperature and making it easier on your furnace. We recommend keeping it two degrees warmer downstairs. This could save you hundreds of dollars over the course of the year.

    BORN TO RUN

    There’s no need to leave the fan on unless you’re heating or cooling. This can help with air quality because your air is being recycled, however, it uses up a lot of energy. Running the fan even has a negative effect during the winter because warm air can escape through leaky ducts, leaving your home even cooler.

    BUNDLE UP

    At the end of the day, turn the temperature down, and grab an extra blanket for the bed. Our bodies can adjust to the cool while we sleep, so turn the thermostat down about three degrees to save energy. An extra blanket (or flannel PJs) should keep you cozy and comfy all night long. Especially since it’s cooler outside overnight, dropping the inside temperatures at the same time can really save you money.

    NUMBER ONE FAN

    Ceiling fans are great for keeping cool during the summer, but did you realize they have a benefit in the winter months as well? A small switch on the outside of the fan causes the fan to spin in the opposite direction. Now, instead of pushing air from the ceiling to the floor, it’s helping to circulate warm air at the ceiling throughout the room. If it means saving money on your heating bill, it’s worth a try!

    WORTH THE CALL

    The Bosworth Company in Kerrville has you covered on all your HVAC needs this winter and beyond! If your unit needs a tune-up, or you’re considering a new state-of-the-art thermostat that will help keep you cozy and save you money, schedule an appointment online or call us today at 830-428-2764. It’s Worth the Call. Always!