NORMAN — Residents are encouraged to make sure heating systems run properly, both for safety and financial reasons. Making sure the system is properly running can help cut down heating costs.
Heaters should be checked now before cold temperatures hit. Residents are advised to stand next to an indoor heating system and listen to it start. Be alert to any strange noises the unit may make.
One no-cost way to reduce heating bills is to manage the thermostat. Also, try wearing a sweater around the house to help stay warm.
Because heating costs can use a large amount of your household budget, any energy-saving measures will add to the bottom line.
Other steps homeowners can take to help cut heating costs include the following:
· Check doors and window seals for drafts to cut down on cold air getting into the home.
· Change or clean the air filter. Dirty filters reduce airflow, which causes the system work harder and use more energy.
· During the winter months, keep shades and curtains open during the day to allow sunlight to heat the home.
A properly functioning heating system also can help avoid safety issues. Furnaces that are not cleaned properly or are poorly maintained can contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning. This risk can be prevented by having heating systems checked and cleaned annually.