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One of the best ways to help control utility bills is to make it feel warmer inside without actually having to raise the thermostat.
How do you ask? Remember back in the summer when the weatherman said, “the temperature is 85 degrees, but the heat index makes it feel like 90 or 95.” Well, that same principle can work inside your home.
If you use a humidifier to increase the humidity, you can make it feel warmer than it really is. Some forced air furnaces have built-in humidifiers, but if yours doesn’t you can buy a stand-alone unit. With a little added moisture your indoor heat index will make 68 degrees feels more like 78.
That way, the heat index can be a good thing for you, at least until summer rolls back around.