How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Chicago this Winter01/02/2015 The low temperatures in winter usually lead to high heating bills. Are there ways to keep your home warm without escalating your energy cost so much? Yes! iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning has some tips for you to help keep your home comfortable and your heating bills lower. Use these tips to help boost your energy efficiency and lower your heating bills this winter: Make the most of sunny days in Chicago to help heat your home naturally. Pull back the curtains and open the blinds to let the sun give your furnace a little [[help|boost|break]14. Keep the cold air from leaking in. Seal your windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. The more you can control the temperature in your home, the more you can take control of your energy usage. A programmable thermostat will get the job done and boost your home’s energy efficiency. Clogged, dirty furnace filters make your furnace work harder and decrease your energy efficiency. Clean or replace them every three months. Do a quick check of your home. Are any vents or cold air returns obstructed? Remove anything that’s blocking them for better airflow and efficiency. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, start shopping for a new energy-efficient model. This could save you the cost of emergency repairs and will help you save on your energy bills for years to come. We all know that heat rises. Don’t let your heat rise so far and escape through the attic. Make sure it’s well insulated to keep warm air where you need it. Did you know heat can escape through your roof? Inspect it for loose or missing shingles and holes or areas that need to be sealed. It may seem like managing your home’s energy efficiency is difficult, but with these tips, it should be a little easier. If you’re looking for more ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, give us a call at 773-704-0640 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll help you keep your home comfortable throughout the year, even in the harshest Chicago weather.