Everyone wants a warm and comfortable home in winter. However, you don’t have to go broke for it! As a homeowner, there must have been times when you raised your eyebrows on the high heating bills, wondering exactly what you could have done to avoid it.
It is no surprise that you are now looking for ways to conserve heat in your home without compromising on comfort. Fret not! We know how to help you. Here are a few tips to save a lot on your heating cost this winter!
Understand Your Heating System
Whether you are using an old heating system or have just bought a new one, ensure to take some time to learn about its functions. By knowing how your heating system works, you can use it in the most efficient way possible.
Insulate Your Home
One of the best methods of conserving heat is by insulating your home, especially your windows and doors. You can go for more conventional materials like fiberglass and mineral wool that retain warmth and last long. We also have a special 3M Window Insulation Kit that keeps cold air from filtering through the window panes!
Caulk Your Windows And Doors
The dry season is considered to be the best time to caulk windows and doors. The less amount of moisture and precipitation present in the air lets sealant set properly and dry. For perfect results, caulk your doors and windows in the fall, just before the winter arrives.
Weather Strip Your Windows And Doors
Your heating becomes ineffective when cold air seeps into your home through the drafts of your windows and doors. Ensure that you apply a layer of weatherstripping on all the edges of your windows and doors to seal the area tight.
Seal Up Your Home
Sealing air leaks around your home is another solution for conserving heat and reducing expenses. Some very common sources of air leaks include vents, windows, and doors. You can prevent these leaks by ensuring that there are no openings between the wall and the vent or window frame. You can also use spray foam to cover up the cracks and seal your home!
Deal With The Pests
There are pest block insulation options available that are specifically designed to block insects and pests from entering the home. The pest block covers the cracks and holes in your home easily and ensures that no insects can disrupt your comfort in any way.
Lower Your Thermostat
The difference might be very subtle for you to notice. However, by turning your thermostat down a few degrees, you can shave about five to ten percent off your heating bill. It is especially a wise move to turn down your heating when leaving your home for hours.
Heat The Rooms You Use
Don’t waste energy on heating the rooms you don’t use. Make sure that the vents in the extra rooms such as a guest bedroom or other large storage areas are sealed off to increase the energy efficiency.
Maintain Your Heating Unit
Proper maintenance is crucial for your heating system to run efficiently. Whether you have an electric heater or an oil heater, you must get it checked by a professional at least once in six months. There are a few things that you can do yourself like checking the filters and cleaning them periodically.
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