Alternative Heating Methods That Will Save a Bundle

Cooler temperatures are on the way. Instead of dialing up your HVAC system's thermostat, think about using alternative heating sources. Doing so could noticeably lower your energy bill. Here are a few options to consider.

Wood Fireplace

If your home features a traditional chimney, you are already one step ahead of the game. Wood-burning fireplaces are especially great for emergencies. In the event of a power outage, your household will always have a reliable source of heat. While it will not heat your entire home, it is a good supplement to your central heating system.

While a fireplace is a major convenience, use it with caution.

  • Use a carbon monoxide detector

  • Keep an extinguisher handy

  • Have your chimney and flue cleaned once a year

Space Heaters

Effectively using space heaters can save you a lot of money. They allow you to turn down your HVAC system. A space heater is especially beneficial for small rooms. However, use caution with a space heater. Always keep it a safe distance away from flammable items like curtains and furniture. Furthermore, never leave a space heater unattended.

Electric Blankets

It tends to get colder at night. While you're relaxing at home watching TV or reading a book, wrap yourself up in an electric blanket. By reducing the demand of your HVAC unit, this will allow you to save a bundle of money. However, make sure the electric blankets are in good condition. Carefully inspect for damaged wires. Although some people like to sleep with electric blankets in their beds, this isn't a wise idea. Overheating could cause a fire to occur.

If you have any questions about heating your home, be sure to contact ACS Home Services at (813) 213-3537. We specialize in HVAC service and repair.

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