As any heating contractor will tell you, heating your home during the winter months is one of the major expenditures on your energy bill. Generally, the colder it is outside, the more energy dollars you’ll spend to keep it warm and comfortable inside. However, there are some easy to implement home heating tips that can reduce your overall energy use expenditure, and they won’t break the bank by doing so.
Weatherstripping and Thresholds
Replace worn weatherstripping and thresholds around exterior doors. If they are not right and tight, you’ll let cold drafts in that will make your heating system run longer to compensate. And the more your heating system runs, the greater your energy bill will be.
Put Plastic Film Over Your Windows
Get an inexpensive plastic window film insulating kit for windows, and potentially save about 14% on your heating bill. They are inexpensive and virtually anyone with do-it-yourself experience can install them.
Replace Your Furnace Filter Monthly
This simple and inexpensive task allows your forced air furnace to run at its most efficient every time it goes on.
Seal Air Leaks
Chimneys, recessed lighting and even light switch boxes can leak cold air into your home. Fill these gaps with latex or silicone caulk to keep leaking air from entering your home.
Don’t Block the Heat
Registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators must remain unblocked to provide maximum heating efficiency. Make sure furniture, tables, curtains, and rugs are not blocking the air flow.
Keep Heating Sources Clean
Dust off your registers and wipe down radiators and baseboard heaters. Doing this allows maximum heat transfer from the appliance into your rooms.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to only heat the home when someone is there. It can be set 10 to 15 degrees less when you are at work or school during the day. After all, there is no need to keep your home heated when no one is there, and you can potentially save up to 25% on your energy bill with a programmable thermostat. This can be either a DIY project or have your home heating contractor do it for you.
Drop Your Water Heater Temperature
You can save up to 15% on your energy bill by dropping your water temperature to 120 degrees or to the “normal” setting on the dial. Also, a water heater blanket will cut the energy needed to keep your water hot. These are inexpensive and are made to fit either an electric or a gas fueled type.
For more information about home heating energy efficiency, contact Bogner Sheet Metal, your home heating contractor. We have been serving the Santa Cruz area since 1947, for all of your heating, cooling and sheet metal needs.