Saving on your heating bill doesn’t mean you have to live bundled up under the covers. There are many simple ways, you can change your heating bills this winter, while still enjoy the cozy warmth of your home. So here are 5 ways you can start saving today:
Seal Windows & Doors
Not all windows and doors fit properly within their frames, resulting in heat escaping from your home. Add weatherstripping and caulking to these frames so windows and doors have a secure fit. This maintenance needs to be done every year or two.
Surprisingly enough, electrical outlets can be drafty areas in your home. This is due to the lack of insulation around the outlet and wiring behind the wall. Install foam gaskets behind all of the outlet covers to block any possible airflow.
During the day, utilize sunlight by keeping your curtains and blinds open in sun-facing rooms. The rays of sunshine will raise the temperature of these rooms for a bargain price of FREE. Just remember to close all of the curtains when the sun goes down to block any windows drafts.
HVAC systems that utilize ductwork can be costly if they aren’t properly sealed. Air leaks in the ductwork can raise your monthly bills by 20 to 30 percent. Hire a professional to inspect, seal, and insulate your ductwork for maximum savings.
Upgrade to a programmable thermostat so you can set temperature patterns for efficient heating. Keep the home cooler during the work day when no one’s home, as well as late at night when everyone is sleeping. Older thermostats can also become faulty, inaccurately reading temperatures and causing your heating system to turn on when it doesn’t need to.
When you need an HVAC technician to service your heating system, contact Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.