We love fall. You love fall. The leaves are changing colors and the temperatures have slightly cooled. Fall is a wonderful time of year, but it also means that winter is right around the corner. If you want to save money this winter on heating costs, there are ways in which you can reduce your utility bills.

Total Care Heating and Air, your furnace repair service in Riverside, offers tips to save money on heating costs this winter.

Buy Warm Socks

If your feet are cold, your whole body will feel cold. Get into the habit of wearing warm socks while you are strolling about your house. If you are still cold, wear a sweater.

Cook Some Chili

There are plenty of activities you can do around the house that will keep you warm. You can sweep or vacuum the floors for example. You can also hang out in your kitchen and make chili and bake cookies. The oven will warm the kitchen as the cookies are baking and a bowl of hot, homemade chili or soup will warm your insides.

Invite the Sun Inside

That bright orb in the sky is a great way to heat up your home. Open curtains on your south-facing windows in the winter to bring free heat into your home. Close the curtains when the sun goes down to keep that heat inside.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

Set your ceiling fans to turn clockwise and push that hot air down. Ceiling fans achieve better air flow, which makes less work for your furnace and saves you money in heating costs.

Get A Checkup

Proper maintenance will help your furnace run more efficiently. Your HVAC system should get professional attention at least once a year. There are also steps you can take to ensure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible. For example, make sure you change out your furnace filters on a regular basis. Dirt filters lead to higher heating costs.

Keep Vents Clear

Make sure that your vets are free and clear and not blocked off by furniture or rugs. A clear vent allows air to circulate freely and you will get the full benefit of the warm air. Clear vents also put less strain on your furnace.

Get A Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can save you up to 20 percent on your energy bills all year round. You can set your thermostat to cool down when you leave for work and go down again right before you go to bed. You can also set it to get warmer right before you get up in the morning and right before you get home from work.

Seal The Leaks

If your house is leaking hot air, you can bet you are paying for in high utility costs. Common areas to check for leaks include around doors and windows and where cables and wire enter your house.

Start saving money in heating costs by scheduling an appointment with Total Care Heating and Air for furnace maintenance.