Different Methods for Saving on Heating Costs During Fall and Winter
Are you looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption in your home to save on the high cost of heating during the winter? If so, we’ve come up with a few simple suggestions that can help to achieve this goal. There are two sides to this equation: (1) helping your furnace so that it doesn’t have to work as hard and consume as much energy to generate heat and (2) preventing heat from escaping your home or cold air from coming in.
Have Your Furnace Professionally Maintained
Don’t wait for a breakdown to occur before calling a heating and air conditioning professional to have a look at your furnace. You’ll save money in the long run if you have it serviced annually before the cold weather arrives by improving its efficiency, helping it last longer, and avoiding malfunctions.
During your annual service and maintenance visit, the technician will carefully examine your furnace, clean many of its vital components, and generally tune it up so that it will be working optimally.
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If you have ceiling fans, use them.
Ceiling fans aren’t just for the summer. By setting them to the reverse position so that the blades spin clockwise in the winter, they will draw warm air up to the ceiling and naturally push it back down along the edges of the room for a more even distribution of heat.
Open Your Curtains and Blinds
If you let as much of the midday sun stream into your home as possible, it will help to warm your indoor air and provide needed support for your furnace.
Close the Gap Under Your Doors
As we turn our attention to keeping warm air in the home and preventing cold air from entering, the first place to check is around your exterior doors.
If you can feel drafty cold air coming in through the bottom of the door, you’ll need to adjust the height of your threshold.
Many thresholds have screws hidden under caps just for this purpose. Turn the screws clockwise to raise the threshold until you achieve a tight seal across the length of the bottom of the door, without preventing it from closing properly.
Stop Drafty Windows
Older windows are a significant culprit for cold drafts and heat loss. Knowing that installing new, energy efficient ones is a big investment; there are means to improve the efficiency of your current windows. If you get a draft around the windows, you can get a better seal by applying some removable caulk around the edges. This particular kind of caulk can be pulled off easily and without damaging the paint after it has dried.
Applying window film to the panes can reduce heat loss by as much as 55%. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions, particularly relating to the cleaning process, when applying the film to achieve a perfect and invisible look.
Don’t Let Hot Air Escape Through Your Chimney
Fireplaces can be notorious for reducing the energy efficiency of any home by allowing hot air to escape through the chimney. If you keep the flue closed whenever the fireplace isn’t in use, it will certainly help. You can also install a chimney balloon that, when inflated, stops the hot air from going up the chimney.
Improving the energy efficiency of your home is important to the experts at Integrity Comfort Solutions. We love helping our clients reduce their energy costs and achieve perfect comfort in their homes. For more valuable advice and professional service, call us today at 281-346-3095.