If your first impulse when the temperature drops is to light your favorite candle or get the fireplace going, press pause and consult the following myths. From covering up smells to keeping heating costs down, you have other, smarter options.
Fact: On the contrary, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates homeowners can cut down their energy bill by 30 percent if they seal cracks, upgrade insulation, maintain or upgrade equipment, and set the thermostat smartly. Lower the temperature at night and during the workday, and raise it to a comfortable setting when you get home.*
A few other heating tips*:
Fact: It’s in everyone’s best interest to get to the root of the suspicious smell, but scented candles are notorious for the smoke and soot they release into the air. If unwanted odors linger, try installing a Filtrete™ Odor Reduction Air Filter. If you’re looking to add a festive scent, consider baking a favorite seasonal dessert or attach a Crisp Cinnamon Apple Whole House Air Freshener to your filter.
Fact: Despite a clean fireplace and chimney, smoke produced from burning wood can still dampen the quality of your air. For a healthier home, consider avoiding or significantly limiting your wood-burning fireplace use.