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How to Stay Warm During Freezing Temps and Heavy Snow

Cold weather is here, and it's not leaving any time soon. But that doesn't mean you have to spend hundreds on your heating bill! It's possible to stay warm during the winter without burning your cash, if you know how—and as your Olathe heating and cooling professionals, Davenport Services is an authority on smart heating for your home this winter. Take a few moments to peruse this article. We guarantee your wallet will thank you!

One of the biggest costs you can incur over the winter is through over-heating your home. But we're not talking about cranking the thermostat when you're watching a movie or reading with your kids—we're talking about heating your home when no one's home. Most days, you and your family leave the home for a few hours, whether it's for school, work, or other activities. Dial back your furnace or heat pump when you know you'll be going out, and during the night when you've got your thick comforter to snuggle into. If your family is out of the home for regular hours (9 AM to 5 PM, for instance), consider using your programmable thermostat with pre-set times and temperatures. And if you don't have a programmable thermostat, be sure to call Davenport Service Company. You'll recoup the cost of the installation with savings on heating oil, electricity, or gas.

You can also save money by closing the door to any rooms you don't typically use during the winter. If you have a spare bedroom or other unused spaces, go around and shut the vents and close the doors. This allows more of your home's heat to reach the rooms you want warm—the ones you and your family actually use.

It's a sad fact that fireplaces don't do the greatest job of cost-effectively heating your home—that said, there's nothing quite like a fireplace to gather around, whether it's to toast marshmallows (wood fires only!) or just sip on some hit cider or cocoa. But when the fire dies out, be sure to shut the flue after each and every use. Cold air can rush down your chimney, creating a draft, so closing that off will help you efficiently and cost-effectively heat your home.

You'll also want to activate the humidifier on your furnace. Humid air feels warmer, so making sure your home is humidified will increase the efficiency of your heater. There's really nothing better than spending less by keeping your home more comfortable. Don't have a humidifier? We can install one!

Finally, a few little odds and ends to help you heat your home more efficiently—keep your heat pump free of snow, as it needs air to operate correctly. And make sure you changed your furnace filters last spring—a new filter will also help you heat your home more efficiently.

Olathe homeowners—Davenport Service Company is a local business, and that means we understand what you're going through. Because of that, our final tip for saving cash this winter is to call us up to perform an inspection of your HVAC system. You can find out more on our specials page!

Founded in 1980, Davenport Service Company has provided "Customer First" service in Johnson County, Kansas for over three decades. We provide 24/7 emergency service, preventive maintenance service, and seasonal tune-ups for commercial and residential heating and air conditioning systems. If you're looking for a furnace tune-up in Olathe, call 913-441-2222 for hassle-free scheduling today!

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