The winter months bring us indoors to enjoy time with family and friends. They can also mean a sharp increase to your monthly heating bill in order to stay warm and comfortable. If you’re interested in controlling your energy expenses while maintaining comfort, follow the tips below to help save money.
1) Close the doors to rooms that are not in use
Most of us remember to turn off the lights in a room we’re not using but we rarely shut the door. We end up wasting energy because of it. Instead, close those doors and allow the heat to circulate within a smaller area. Your furnace will have an easier time maintaining the temperature and you’ll notice the benefit on your energy bill.
2) Invest in a heat pump.
Some rooms are simply too important to keep the door closed all of the time. If it’s a child’s play area or your office, then chances are you’re looking for a way to add a little more heat. Investing in a duct-free heat pump system is the perfect solution.
3) Check for cracks and gaps around windows and doors.
Today’s homes are more airtight than ever before but there is still the potential for cold air to enter your home via your doors and windows. Inspect each of these openings and seal or insulate any gaps you find to prevent the loss of warm air. You should also check for cracks and gaps around the door to the attic and at any locations where outside pipes or cords enter your home.
4) Cover your windows.
Small cracks or gaps in your windows can create drafts. Cold air hits your windows and leaves them cold to the touch, transferring those frigid temperatures inside. Prevent that cold from coming into your home by sealing your windows. This simple procedure takes only minutes and will have a dramatic effect on your heating bill. Don’t forget that heavy weight curtains can also help keep out drafts.
5) Check your insulation.
Many homes, especially older homes, are vulnerable to cold temperatures because they lack sufficient insulation. Insulation is commonly found in the attic but it also exists in any outer wall. If you are concerned your home may be poorly insulated, you can check the insulation levels yourself or you can hire a qualified home energy auditor who will check your insulation as part of their overall energy assessment.
The colder months are here, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel it inside your own home. Take Action….Your Home is Your MOST Valuable Asset!