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Winter is here, which means your highest heating bills of the year are on their way, too. While it can be nice to have a toasty house, it’s not always nice to see the heating bill afterwards.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your house warm this winter without breaking the bank. Here are a few helpful tricks to keep the heating bills down this winter.

Use the Sun
The single biggest source of heat in the world is the sun. Why not use it to your advantage? If you keep your curtains open during the day, your house will naturally warm right up with the sun’s rays. Just don’t forget to close them again at night to keep that heat inside where it belongs.

Bundle Up
If you’re not wearing a sweater and socks, you need to put them on before you crank the heat. One of the easiest ways to save on that HVAC bill is to bundle up with scarves, hats, and sweaters!

Cover Windows With Plastic Film
If you can, buy plastic sheets to put over your windows. Most hardware stores sell special plastic film that can be applied with a common blow dryer. Not only will it keep more heat in your house, but set up and tear down are super simple. This is especially important if you live in an older home with terrible insulation.

Rearrange the Furniture
If your heating vents are covered up, they’re not going to heat your home very well. Sometimes, furniture can block those vents, so before you blast the heat, make sure that all of your vents are uncovered. Besides, it’s fun to rearrange the living room every once in a while.

Have Your HVAC System Inspected
If you called for air conditioning repair services over the summer, those same people can complete a pre-winter home heating system inspection. The biggest reason people overspend on their HVAC systems and heating bills is because they’re not working properly in the first place. Before you turn the heat up and overspend, give your heating and air conditioning repair services a call and see if they can take a look at your HVAC system before the cold weather settles in.

Approximately 25% of your home’s heat escapes through small cracks and holes, but if you take these steps, you’re sure to save some cash this winter.

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