It can be hard trying to figure out how to keep your home warm and comfortable in the winter without emptying your bank account. Next time you go to turn on the heat, consider these cost-efficient ways to keep your home warm first.
Weather-strip Doors: Doors not only allow cold air to get in, they also allow heat to escape. Adding weather-stripping to your doors can help to prevent both of these occurrences.
Caulk Windows: Similar to doors, your windows can also allow cold air in and let warm air out, making it harder to keep your home warm. Caulking your windows closes many access points for losing heat and gaining unwanted cold air.
To keep warm air inside of your home, consider adding more insulation, particularly to your attic where heat rises and can escape.
Clean Ducts: You should have your heating ducts inspected and cleaned. This will pay off in the long-run, since blocked heating ducts can cause you to lose more than half of the heat that should be entering your home.
Add Insulation: To keep warm air inside of your home, consider adding more insulation, particularly to your attic where heat rises and can easily escape.
Wrap Your Boiler: For a fairly inexpensive price, you can purchase a blanket designed to wrap around your water boiler. This extra insulation will lower the amount of heat lost, lowering the amount of money you spend to heat your water.
Program Your Thermostat: If you don't have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one. Programmable thermostats allow you to lower the temperature in your house when you're at work or asleep. Turning down the heat at different times throughout the day and night can amount to big savings. You can also look into zone heating, which will heat the areas of your home you spend the most time in, and lower the temperature in others. Never set your home temperature too low in an attempt to save money, because this can cause your pipes to freeze and burst.
Reverse Your Fan: This is a simple and cost-free procedure that can help to keep your home warm. By reversing your fan blades, you can blow air up instead of down. This will gently circulate warm air that rises to the ceiling throughout your home.
Keep Doors Closed and Blinds Open: Close all of your closet doors, and doors to rooms you are not going to be using, such as a guest room. You can also close the heat vents in these rooms. This will keep heat in the rooms you are in, instead of wasting it on spaces you don't regularly occupy. In addition, take advantage of the sun's heat by opening up blinds in rooms that face the sun.
Conduct a Home Energy Audit: A home energy audit, or assessment, looks at the amount of energy your home consumes. This can help you gauge exactly where you're spending your energy dollars, and where you could cut back. It can also help you to identify potential problems with your heating system that may be causing you to lose money, and possible ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Remember to think twice before turning up the thermostat and review these tips to keep your home warm and save money.