As the temperatures plummet, the only thing rising is your heating bill. High heating bills pack a brutal punch for homeowners and can really mess up budgets. It gets even worse when you are trying to budget for the holiday season.

Instead of cursing under your breath while paying the gas and electric bills, do something about the high costs of heating your home. Oxford Energy Co., your furnace repair service in New Jersey, offers you tips to reduce your heating bills.

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Keeping your furnace maintained properly on a regular basis will go far in saving you money in heating costs. Your furnace should get professional attention at least once a year. And make sure you are changing out the furnace filters on a regular basis as well.

Letting Heat Escape

You are probably good about keeping windows and doors closed to keep heat from escaping, but there are other ways in which heat can escape.

If your home has a fireplace, make sure the flue is closed when it is not in use. In addition, keep kitchen and bathroom fans off when not in use.

Open The Curtains

Opening the curtains in the daytime will let in the rays of the sun and help heat your home. When the sun goes down, close the curtains as they will keep cold air at bay and reduce heat loss.

Love The Socks

Slap a pair of fuzzy socks on your feet and dress in layers. Add a hat if you have to. By dressing warm, you stay warm and aren’t as likely to crank up the furnace.

Decorate With Warmth

In addition to wearing socks, put flannel sheets on your bed, rugs on the floor and blankets on your sofa. When it is cold outside, a warmly decorated house will keep you nice and toasty without having to turn up the heat.

Get The Ceiling Fans Going

Hot air rises, so run your ceiling fans in reverse and bring that heated air back down to floor level where you can enjoy it.

Clear The Vents

Go through your home and make sure nothing is covering your furnace vents. Move furniture and belongings away from the vents so they can properly deliver that heated air you are paying for.

Lose The Old Furnace

If your heating bills have been getting increasingly more expensive, it could be a sign that you need a new furnace. We know that breaking up is hard to do, but a new furnace will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Even if your furnace is 10 years old, it is a lot less efficient than furnaces sold today.

Wrap Your Ducts

Heat loss happens even to good people. Check your ducts for holes and other leaks and then wrap them up tight to save money in heating costs.

Get An Energy Audit

An energy audit will test the overall leakiness of your house. The auditor will recommend improvements that will save you money.

The first thing you need to do to save money in energy costs is call Oxford Heating Co. for a furnace checkup.