You will be relying on your heating system every day during the cold winter months. You do not want to spend too much during the season on heat. Homeowners can actually take some steps that will help to reduce the cost of heating the home.
Here are some winter heating bill shortcuts that anyone can use.
Replace Old Weather Stripping
Start by replacing any old weather stripping around your doors and windows. Do this even if it still looks somewhat functional. If you do not have weather stripping around those areas, then install it immediately since it takes only a few seconds. New weather stripping will block drafts and keep your home warmer during winter.
Reverse Ceiling Fan Blades
If you have ceiling fans in your home, then take off the blades and reverse them. The reversed blades will actually redistribute the heat rising towards the ceiling when you activate the fans. This is a way to make your entire house feel warmer so that you do not have to run the heating system as much. It also prevents cold spots from forming in certain areas or rooms.
Change Your Filters Regularly
Most heating systems today have some type of air filter inside. If this filter becomes saturated with just a moderate amount of dust and debris, then your heating system will be working much harder to keep your house feeling comfortable. You want to check and change your filters regularly. Look at the filters once a month and change them whenever you see dirt accumulating.
Let the Sun In During the Day
Try to open up as many curtains, shades and blinds as you can during the day when the sun is shining. A few hours of sun streaming into your home can increase the indoor temperature by several degrees. This will make it easier to keep your thermostat turned down when the sun is shining. Close the curtains again at night to keep out cold evening drafts.
Insulate Your Electrical Outlets
Cold air can pour into your home through the electrical outlets in each room. The cold air travels through the walls and exits at the outlets. You can stop this by insulating your electrical outlets. Remove the cover plate and use an acrylic latex caulk to seal the small gaps around the outlet itself. You can use rubber gaskets or even thin weather stripping around the edge of the opening to seal the outlet when replacing the cover plate.
Lock Your Windows and Doors
It is common sense to keep your doors and windows closed when the weather gets cold in the winter. Something you might not realize is that locking your doors and windows will help even more. Locking doors and windows helps to seal them in place. The lock will push the door or window tightly into the frame. The result will be fewer drafts and a lower heating bill.
Get Your Heating System Inspected
A final step is to have your heating system inspected by professionals at some point. A technician can look over the system to ensure that there are no problems. This can include tuning the system to make certain that it is running as efficiently as it can. Schedule the appointment at least once near the beginning of the winter season to keep your heating bills down and prevent total breakdowns later.
Charlie Teschner started MESA Heating in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Longmont, CO heating repair.