Saving Money on your Fall and Winter Heating Costs
Like many people, you are probably always on the lookout for ways to save on your household expenses.
Given the amount of your budget that is likely being eaten up by heating costs, it’s an effective and easy spot to start when you are looking for opportunities to save.
Here are some of the most effective ways in which you can save money on your heating costs.
Draw Back the Drapes
Why not start with the easiest solution? Keep the curtains open during the daytime and harness the natural heating power of the sun. That sunlight may be all you need to raise the interior temp a couple of degrees without having to turn the thermostat up.
Leave Ceiling Fans Running
Warm air rises. Run your ceiling fan in a clockwise rotation, because it draws the warm air towards the ceiling and the movement of the fan pushes it back down into the room. It’s an effective way to keep your room cool at a lower energy consumption (saving you money).
Fix Exterior Doors
If there is a gap between your exterior doors and the threshold at the entry, there is just enough space for an abundance of costly warm air to seep out. You can seal this quickly by laying a piece of adjustable threshold, which will effectively seal that gap closed. Alternatively, you can install some weather stripping around doors that are not flush with their frames.
Seal Windows Well
After you’ve made sure that the doors are air tight, move on to the windows. First, inspect for leaks or cracks in the seal and fix with some caulking. You may want to replace panes of glass that are cracked because they’re not an effective barrier against the cold.
Another good idea is to install a window film. Simply hold in place with double sided tape against the window frame. Once you’ve guided it into the spot, use a hair dryer to adhere it directly against the window pane.
This is a perfect example of how preventative maintenance can save you money. Not only will a tune-up help identify problems and give you the chance to fix them before they get bigger (and more expensive), a tune-up gets your system in the best possible shape to run efficiently for the coming cooler seasons. It’s a very effective way to reduce your heating costs.
Reduce Fireplace Heat Loss
If your fireplace is open for business, even if you’re not using it, you are giving the warm air the route it is looking for as it rises up and out of your home. Always close the damper when your fireplace isn’t in use. As an extra barrier, install a chimney pillow which will inflate and plug the space, keeping cold drafts out and warm air in.
We’ve got great tips for fall and winter heating maintenance, and assistance for your heating and cooling needs year round. Call KB Complete Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc., in Shawnee, KS, today at (913)-722-6835 for more information.