The arrival of autumn does not mean that high utility bills are unavoidable. By dealing with a few problem areas in your home, you can dramatically lower the cost of cold weather heating bills.
Here are five tips for saving money on heating your home:
Get the Right Amount of Insulation
By bringing your attic insulation up to code, you can make your home warm without excessive spending. Attic access doors are a big offender when it comes to heat loss as is leaky ductwork. By spending between $500 and $1,000 on your attic insulation, you can lower your heating costs by as much as 30 percent.
Upgrade Your Windows
Your home may be losing heat through its windows. If your windows are old, they’re likely not equipped to prevent heat loss essentially making them holes in your wall. Switching to multi-pane windows can help to insulate your home. In between the panes of these windows, there is air that helps to arrest the transfer of heat. These windows can shave 30 percent or more off your heating costs.
Get New Weather Stripping
A considerable amount of heat is lost via the gaps around windows and doors. Weather stripping can wear out quickly due to exposure to the elements; it can also be damaged by pests. In order to save money on heating, replace your weather stripping every few years.
Invest in HVAC Maintenance
Clean and change your furnace filters on a regular basis. A dirty filter can make your furnace work harder and use more energy to keep your home warm. You should also have your HVAC system tuned up to make it more efficient.
Focus on Your Thermostat
Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature when you are at home and awake. When you are sleeping, you can set it to a lower temperature. By setting your thermostat 15 degrees cooler for eight or more hours a day, you can lower your heating costs by 10 percent. You can also get a programmable thermostat to maximize your savings.
Heating your home is a major expense but it doesn’t have to be burdensome. The tips above can help you to save money on heating while also lessening your impact on the environment.