Baby, it’s cold outside! There are many things to love about winter, but being cold isn’t usually on anyone’s list of favorites. Cochran Cooling & Heating wants to make sure you stay warm this holiday season with a few important tips:

Bundle Up

Whether you’re waiting at the bus stop, walking to work, or playing outside—bundle up! Layer warm clothing to prevent exposure and help retain body heat. Wear thick socks and water-resistant shoes/boots and cover all exposed areas since we lose most of our body heat through our head, hands, and feet. When indoors, add extra blankets to your couch and bed for wrapping up in when you are relaxing.

Weather-Proof Your House

Don’t let heat (and your money) fly out of leaky windows and doors. Patch up any drafty areas you might have in your house to prevent the cold from coming in and the heat going out. Check the rubber strip at the base of your doors. If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed so cold air can’t blow down the chimney.

Ceiling Fans and Programmable Thermostats

Due to the fact that warm air rises, your ceiling fans should be run on their lowest setting in a clockwise direction. This will drive the warm air back down to where you can feel it. Install a programmable thermostat to save money by only heating your home when needed. Program it to drop your heat at night when you are sleeping and then begin warming your home before you wake. Keep your thermostat on a low setting for days you are at work or traveling and then begin heating your home before your return.

Make Sure Your HVAC System is in Peak Condition

The most important tip for staying warm during the holidays: Make sure your furnace in top working order! No one wants to be stuck in a cold house with a broken down furnace, especially during the holiday season. That’s why it is so important to schedule your annual furnace inspection to make sure your unit is working properly. Schedule this maintenance now—before you need it, not when a problem arises. Plus, as temperatures drop, service calls increase and backups can occur. At Cochran Cooling & Heating, we will check to make sure your home’s furnace doesn’t have any small problems that could turn into larger ones. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a maintenance appointment for your home’s furnace, call Cochran Cooling & Heating today!