1. Adjust air vents. Homeowners should check their vents to see if they are open or if they can be adjusted to blow in a particular direction. Home improvement stores also sell magnetic air deflectors that affix to metal vent covers so homeowners can control the direction heat flows from the vent.
  2. Make sure ducts are clean. If there are cold spots in the home, the vents could be clogged with debris, preventing air from smoothly exiting the vents. A professional heating expert will usually clean the ductwork as part of a full heating maintenance service call. Homeowners should have inspections done regularly to maintain their heating systems.
  3. Keep the system fan on even when the heat is not running. Most homeowners put their thermostats on the “auto” setting but putting the fan in the “on” position keeps air circulating even when the heat is not running. This method could slightly increase utility bills but will help air circulate throughout the home at all times.
  4. Insulate the home. Fiberglass insulation should last between 80 and 100 years but, if damaged, it could need replacement in the affected area. Sealing attic or basement access points and attaching plastic coverings over windows during the winter months can help protect against cold drafts.
  5. Upgrade to a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat can allow users to control the furnace from anywhere, helps control the way heat is absorbed and released during the day and can help homeowners target heat to warm the whole house before coming home from an outing. This helps homeowners maintain a comfortable temperature at different times during the day. Winters can be very cold, but these tips should help homeowners improve their comfort levels. In addition, to staying warm, maintaining proper air circulation is also good for your health. Good air circulation reduces allergens, limits mold growth and pushes out other airborne irritants. We want our residents to be warm and healthy this winter.

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