OKLAHOMA CITY – When cold weather strikes, many people turn to their fireplace or furnace for warmth.
However, heating experts say a few simple mistakes could cost you money and actually make your home colder.
Dave Borowski, a director of technical training for One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, says there are simple things everyone can do to get the most out of their heater.
First, find any drafts that are around your house and fix them with a tube of caulk.
Experts say you can use a candle to find the air current and be sure to clean the outdoor surfaces before you decide to put on the sealant.
When it comes to fireplaces, officials say a little cold air goes a long way.
For a fireplace to work at its best, it requires large amounts of air to mix with the wood to burn.
If you’re using a modern fireplace, the fresh air vent needs to be open.
If you don’t have a modern fireplace, officials say you should crack a nearby window.
If you don’t, cold air can be pulled in through every crack and seam in your home, actually cooling it off.
Lastly, homeowners should change the filter on the furnace to make sure air can easily move through it.
If something else seems to be wrong, call a technician.