The longer and colder a winter, the more it costs you to heat your home. That’s assuming, of course, you don’t resort to the ways of pioneers and wrap yourselves in buffalo hides, deer-skin leggings, and other prairie-living attire indoors so you can keep your thermostat down to about 55 degrees or so – just warm enough to prevent your pipes from freezing.
If that all seems a little extreme to you, but you still want to see home heating cost reductions, then follow these simple tips for living more comfortably this winter (and summer!), and more affordably, too.
Sometimes you need to spend a little to save a lot, and home energy assessments are one such example. Still, check around first for a free energy assessment, but be advised that those are often followed by high-pressure sales pitches. Usually you’re better off paying for the assessment and then implement those suggestions that appear to deliver the greatest return on your investment.
Finding and Sealing Air Leaks
You don’t need a specialist to tell you that air is leaking through or around windows, doors, outlets, light switches, and other areas of your home. As you stand near each such area, you can quickly determine by hand or feel if warm air is escaping and cold air taking its place. If you have the aptitude and time, re-caulk and weather strip as needed or hire a reputable handyman to do the job for you. Cold air can also enter your home through cracks in the floor where cables have been placed for televisions or phones and around light fixtures and ceiling fans.
Keeping your house at 75 degrees can cost 15% more than keeping it at 68 degrees, which is still a comfortable setting. If you are willing to put on a sweater, then 65 degrees, while on the chilly side, will save you even more money. Don’t set the thermostat below 55 degrees as there will be a danger of pipes freezing. A programmable thermostat, especially one with remote Wi-Fi control, also can save you money by allowing you to keep the thermostat at lower settings when no one’s home and yet have the temperature just where you like it by your scheduled arrival time.
In days of old people used to hang winter drapes and change them to lighter curtains in the spring. That trend is returning, and people are hanging wool, heavy cotton, or even velvet to help block draft from windows. They also insulate warm air from leaving the room as well.
Here’s another great way to save on your home heating costs: contact Furnace Doctors today to schedule our furnace preventive maintenance service. With annual service, you’ll enjoy increased operating efficiency, lower repair costs, reduced energy bills, added safety, and longer system lifespan.