When the temperature drops, expenses tend to rise – but, they do not have to. There are several ways to keep energy costs low this season with just a few adjustments here and there. Most of these things can be done at little to no cost as well. If you have not already, consider having an energy audit done on your home to see what you can do to save more money. For now, incorporate these suggestions to keep heated air from escaping your house.
Use heat from the sun
On the days the sun does shine, take advantage of it. Open curtains during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home naturally. Just remember to close them again at night to prevent the cold windows from causing a chill.
Cover drafty windows
Install transparent, heavy-duty plastic sheets on frames or tape plastic film to the inside of window frames during the winter. Be sure the plastic is tightly sealed to reduce as much cold air infiltration as possible. You could also use insulating shades or drapes that fit tightly on windows that feel drafty. Ask a professional about window treatment options that can improve the energy efficiency of your windows.
Regulate the temperature
Set your thermostat as low as you comfortably can while you are at home. While you are sleeping or out of the house, turn it down a few degrees, and you could save around 10% on your heating bill. A programmable thermostat can make doing this easy, so you never have to remember to turn it up or down. If you have a heat pump, use a programmable thermostat specifically designed for heat pumps and maintain a moderate setting on it.
Locate leaks and seal them
Seal off air coming through utility cut-throughs on pipes, gaps in chimneys, recessed lighting in insulated ceilings, and unfinished areas behind closets and cupboards. Add weatherstripping or caulk to prevent air leaks in doors and windows.
Perform regular maintenance on your heating system
Have your heater checked before the temperatures dip too low. The last thing you want is a broken furnace in the dead of winter. Replace your filter frequently – at least every season or more if needed. If you have a pellet or wood-burning heater, clean the flue vent regularly. Use a wire brush periodically to clean the inside of it so that your home is heated efficiently.
Get the most out of your fireplace
Close your fireplace damper when you do not have a fire burning. Keeping it open is like having the heat on while your windows are open. Warm air will escape out of the chimney. Remember to lower your thermostat when you have your fireplace going. Check the flue damper seal and make sure it is as snug as possible. Install C-shaped metal tube grates to pull cool air from the room into the fireplace.
To get recommendations specific to your heating system, contact Arctic Breeze. Our experienced professionals can find any weaknesses in your system and provide solutions for it.