The cold, winter months can be brutal for people living in snow-covered areas of the country. High energy costs and heater problems can leave homeowners pulling their hair out trying to keep their houses warm. One solution could be to call a Las Vegas AC repair professional. But for those that want to take charge and maintain the heat in their homes themselves, some simple tips can save you hundreds and keep your house nice and toasty. Here are some pointers on how to keep your home better heated during the winter months.

#1 Get an energy assessment

This is a complete rundown of how you are using energy in your home, and will normally include recommendations on methods and products that will increase energy efficiency, saving you money in the long run.

#2 Keep windows covered if it’s dark outside

This keeps warm air in and cold air out. It’s a good idea to open curtains at the south-facing windows in the daytime to enable sunlight to naturally heat the room, and shut them at night to minimize the chill from cold windows.

#3 Use storm or thermal windows

Double-paned thermal windows are highly energy efficient because the layer of air between the panes acts as insulation. The same principle applies to storm windows. Always apply storm windows (and storm doors) BEFORE the onset of winter.

#4 Remove mounted awnings during the winter

You put them up in the summer to keep your house cool. Put them away in the winter so that the warm rays hitting your windows will help warm your home.

#5 Tape heavy-duty plastic sheeting on your windows

There are window-covering kits available at most hardware and variety stores. They’re easy to cut and install, and they are one of the most inexpensive ways you can increase energy efficiency. An alternative if you like to do a lot of mail-order shopping: bubble wrap.

#6 Reduce your thermostat temperature
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This may seem counter-intuitive, but reducing your thermostat temperature by just a few degrees will result in surprising energy dollar savings. Reducing the temp for times when you are not at home will also save you money. In the summer, go the other way and keep it a few degrees warmer to save on air conditioning.

#7 Get a programmable thermostat

This is one of the best energy investments you can make. It gives you control over your home temperatures for any given time of day. Some models allow for programming for an entire week. Go over your energy usage to see what model works best for you.

#8 Seal all air leaks

Common points for air leakage include utility pipes, gaps around chimneys, recessed lighting, and unfinished cupboards.

#9 Schedule regular heating and air conditioning service once a year

This will keep your systems running properly. It’s also a lot less expensive than repair.

#10 Make sure your air filters are clean

Clean furnace filters can save you about $60 a year alone. Every bit helps.

#11 Make sure your air registers (vent covers) are not blocked

This is also a home safety precaution. Vacuum them regularly.

#12 Consider improving the insulation in your home

More heat is lost as a result of inadequately insulated floor spaces and basements in the average house than through drafty windows and doors. This step alone can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

#13 Seal off attics, garages, basements, and any spare rooms you do not use

Why heat areas of the house you don’t use?

These helpful tips can keep money in your pocket and heat in your home.