"Baby, it's Cold Outside......."
BRRRRR is it ever cold in New Jersey now.
In recent weeks the temperature was above normal. We were almost getting used to temperatures being above normal, and then...
when you didn't expect it, the temperature started to drop. it's been several years since we've seen a deep freeze in northern new jersey but the meteorologists are saying that we can expect single digit temperatures.
Looks like we never get above freezing for the next 10 days and that doesn't take wind chill into consideration.
BUT, I'm not here to give you a weather report. Just here to give a few suggestions on keeing your house warm and helping out your furnace during cold snaps like this.
In an effort to keep your home warm, here are a few heating system tips.
- DO NOT drop the temperature in your home.
- You may have a digital setback thermostat and I'm sure you don't want to pay to heat your home during the day if no one is home, however if you do lower the temperature in bitter cold weather it will take longer for the temperature to rise.
- Your furnace has to work harder and it just won't be able to keep up.
- Make sure you've checked older windows and doors for air leaks.
- Gaps around openings to your home allow cold air inside, defeating the purpose of your furnace's hard work.
- If you cool your home in the summer with window air conditioners (yes, some older homes do) please remove them to avoid drafts through the openings.
- Keep draperies or blinds closed to avoid drafts from older windows, however; you might want to bring in that strong sunlight in rooms that aren't drafty. This will bring a bit of warmth into your home.
- Be sure to change your disposable air filter. Clogged filters make your furnace work order. No air flow=No heat!
- Don't leave your outside garage door open, you'll bring in the cold.
- BAKE! Yes the heat of your oven will warm up your kitchen and the goodies you prepare will warm the hearts of your family!
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