Winter may not officially arrive until December 21st, but there is a chill in the air.  Keep reading to learn the top tips to stay warm this season.


According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning back your set temperature 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day can save you up to 10% on your heating costs.  Simply lower the temperature while you’re sleeping or away from home to save big on your energy bills.  Automated thermostats regulate the sleep-wake cycle changing the temperature throughout the day.

Lowering your set temperature is a great way to reduce your heating costs, but with so many of us home for the holidays due to COVID concerns, it may not always be a practical solution.  Another simple way to reduce your energy costs year-round is to invest in a programmable thermostat.  Smart thermostats allow you to have direct control over your comfort, and some models will even track your energy use throughout the day allowing you to make micro-adjustments whenever you need.


The first chill of the season is a great time to decorate for the holidays but it’s also a great excuse to break out some cozy favorites to make your home look and feel warmer.  Add some fluffy throw blankets to the couch and put your favorite flannel sheets on your bed for a cozy way to stay warm while relaxing.  You can also invest in rugs and insulated curtains, which help to trap warm air inside your home and prevent cold feet in the mornings.  Bring out the fluffy slippers and fleece robes for direct warmth.   Fill the bedroom closets with sweatshirts and sweaters.


Open the curtains or blinds on your sun-facing windows during the day to let the sun heat your home for free.  Once the sun sets in the evenings, close your curtains or blinds to reduce heat loss.


Your ceiling fan actually has two settings. Ceiling fans operate by moving warm air around your home on a higher setting, they can create a wind chill effect that can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler.  By switching your fan to run in reverse, your fan blades will spin the opposite direction to pull any warm air that’s risen to the ceiling back down to the ground level where you can feel it.  Your fan should run counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter.  It’s also worth noting that turning your fan on too high will still create the wind chill effect, which can make your home feel chilly, so keep it on a low setting for the best results.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

High energy bills can be a sign of furnace malfunction or failure when your heating system has to work harder to get your home to your set temperature, your energy bills spike.  Annual maintenance helps to catch small issues before they become big problems, saving high repair costs and comfort.

Annual maintenance is the best, most cost-effective way to keep your home comfortable and reduce your energy bills.  Pre-season maintenance should be scheduled before you need to use your system to make sure your furnace is ready to go as soon as you need to turn it on.  Simple repairs can make your heating system work more efficiently, but if you have a furnace nearing the end of its life, it may actually save you more money and headaches to upgrade your system.

CONTACT East Coast Mechanical


Contact East Coast Mechanical to get expert heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) advice to make the decision to replace or repair your Furnace.  Your HVAC technician may check out your home’s insulation quality, too.  We are local experts who provide quality service.  We have a team of professional, experienced technicians to help guide you through the decision process and we regularly feature special prices on tune-ups for home heating and cooling equipment.  Contact us at https://ecmchvac.com/contact/    Email: ecmcecmc@aol.com    Address: 5133 W Hurley Pond Rd Suite A, Wall Township, NJ 07727

Phone:  800-300-ECMC or 732-751-8877

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and Closed Saturday and Sunday.

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