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February
18

Ohio home heating tips
Winter in Ohio can bring low temperatures and blankets of snow to the doorsteps of every Mansfield home. With plenty of cold mornings and frosty nights ahead, our REALTORS® are here to help you stay warm indoors. Here are six easy tips for keeping your Ohio home cozy all winter long.

  1. Use Your Windows Wisely
    Depending on the time of the day, your windows can cause your home to either retain or lose heat. Take advantage of the sunlight during the day and allow it to stream through your windows. However, when the sun sets, use thick curtains to prevent heat from escaping through the window panes.

  2. Have Your Heating System Checked
    Believe it or not, your heating system could be malfunctioning even though it appears to be operating like normal. As a furnace or HVAC system ages, it can slowly start to become less efficient. Not only does this prevent your home from staying comfortable but it can also cost you money. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to schedule an HVAC or furnace inspection:

    • The heating system has been noticeably less efficient over the last few years.
    • You have not replaced your furnace in 15-20 years.
    • The heating components in your HVAC system have needed frequent, costly repairs.
    • Your energy bills continue to rise even though your usage hasn't increased.

  3. Time Your Thermostat
    We know that when the temperature suddenly drops, many Mansfield homeowners adjust their thermostats as the weather changes. Instead, we suggest discovering what your ideal home comfort level is and set the thermostat to that range. By placing the thermostat on a timer, it enables you to enjoy the perfect temperature when you're at home while limiting the amount of energy (and money) wasted when no one is home.

  4. Eliminate Drafts
    Keeping cold air out of the home is just as important as keeping the heat inside. Gaps around windows or doors can allow cold air to penetrate your home, making your heating system work overtime to keep your family warm. As you seal these gaps, consider other ways heat is escaping through your house.

  5. Keep Heat In The Home
    Insulating your attic or basement is a wise investment, but you can also quickly retain heat by being aware of where the heat travels. Covering bare floors can cut down on as much as 10 percent of heat loss. Closing doors to rooms that aren't in use keeps heat contained in your living areas and prevents cold air from traveling through the home. Finally, move furniture like couches or beds away from any radiators, registers, and vents so that your heat flow is not obstructed.

  6. Don't Forget The Fireplace
    There's nothing better than cozying up next to a warm fire, but you should also know that your chimney can remove heat from your home. When not in use, always check to make sure the flue damper is closed to prevent heat from escaping. If your fireplace is now an inoperable decoration, consider having the chimney sealed and weather-stripped to reduce warm air leakage.

At Haring Realty, we know that snuggling up in a cozy home is the perfect way to spend a cold winter night. Along with helping you find the best Mansfield homes for sale, we also want to help your house retain heat so that your family is always comfortable. Contact us to learn more about getting your home ready for winter or to find your next dream home in Mansfield, Ohio.

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