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Staying warm in your Marietta, Georgia, home is crucial to staying comfortable but can create higher than normal energy bills during the winter months. If you are looking to save on your utility bills this season or just want to reduce your overall energy use, try these four tips that can help you stay warm without having to turn up the heat.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a great way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without having to consistently crank up the temperature. You can use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you are away from home and have it gradually increase so it is the right temperature when you return home.

Make Use of Your Fireplace

Many homeowners use their fireplaces for special occasions instead of an actual heating source. In truth, your fireplace can be a great source of heat, especially in rooms that you frequently use. If you notice your room is a little chilly, light a fire instead of raising the temperature on your thermostat. Just make sure you close the flue when you are finished to avoid a draft.

Address Any Drafts

If you notice cold spots in your home or realize that your home is not as comfortable as it used to be, the cause may be drafts throughout your home. You can lose a considerable amount of warm air through poor seals and gaps around your windows and doors. If your windows are old, you can seal them with off with plastic during the winter months. For drafts under the door, consider using a decorative draft blocker.

Let the Sunshine In

Take advantage of the sun’s warming rays when you can. When the afternoon sun is out, open your drapes and blinds to warm up your rooms.

Regular maintenance is essential for staying warm without raising your energy use. Contact E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning at 678-369-8866 today to schedule a maintenance visit.

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