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  • Your Home Mechanics’ Tips on Saving Costs this Winter

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    Home owners of Cleveland await the winter months with bated breath.  Each year as the cold settles in residents stress about the financial toll that comes with keeping their homes warm and comfortable.  Many of the homes in Cleveland are older, have leaky windows, and zero insulation, which makes the winter months even harsher and more expensive.

    Reilly Painting and Contracting helps you prepare your home for the bitter cold.  Take a look at the list below for some ideas to help lower heating costs in your home this winter.

    1. Seal leaks in your windows and doors.  With a simple application of plastic around windows and sweeps on doors, less heat will escape.  By trapping the heat inside the home, the furnace will have to turn on less.

    2. Utilize warm clothes and blankets while home and turn down the thermostat.  Extra layers of clothing and curling up with a warm blankets will allow your body to adjust to keeping a lower average temperature in your home.

    3. Ceiling fans should be run clockwise during winter time.  Warm air rises, causing the temperature of the ceiling in a room to be approximately 5-10 degrees warmer than the floor.  By adjusting your fan to rotate clockwise, the air circulation will push the warm air down, making the room warmer.  Many ceiling fans have a switch on them from summer to winter, which automatically changes the direction of rotation.

    4. Keep blinds, shutters or curtains closed except during times of direct sunlight.  Window treatments can insulate windows and trap heat inside.  Direct sunlight can act as a free heat source as well, so just remember to close your curtains after the sun has changed direction.

    5. Cook meals at home.  Using your oven during the winter can warm up the kitchen and adjacent rooms.  Unlike a microwave, there is no air seal on the oven, which allows the heat to seep out and warm the room.

    6. Upgrade your thermostat.  NEST Thermostats on average save their customers approximately 10-15% on heating costs annually.  The NEST has learning and pattern recognition capabilities allowing it to adapt to your lifestyle after just a week.  The Nest pays for itself in savings in less than 2 years.  Take a look at this article from our blog about the benefits of using a NEST Thermometer in your home!

    For Reilly Painting and Contracting, no list is too long or short. Call us today at (216) 371-8160 and set up an appointment to have one of our professionals prepare your home this winter to save money and stay warm.

     

     

     

    Thanks to David Berkowitz 

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