Lowering energy costs is not a common New Year's resolution, but maybe it should be. Especially since in many homes it is very easy to complete this resolution with only a few changes. Make use of these heating tips to ensure that your resolution is successful.
Make Sure All Your Windows and Doors Are Properly Sealed
Windows and doors are critical for your home to function (for obvious reasons), but in the winter they become a place where cold air seeks to intrude upon your nice, comfy home. As these areas age, gaps in the seals will grow in the seals of your doors and windows, allowing in more and more of a breeze.
Finding these gaps is very simple. If they are big enough, you will be able to feel the cold air coming in by running a hand along the edges. For smaller leaks, hold a piece of light paper near the edges. If there is a gap, the paper will flutter in the breeze. Once you have identified leaks, you can start filling them in. Fortunately, there are plenty of products on the market that help you to seal these cracks. What you choose just depends on whether you want to open the windows or doors, and whether you want a solution that is temporary or permanent.
Turn Your Thermostat to the Correct Temperature
The closer the temperature inside your home is to the temperature outside, the lower your heating costs will be. This does not mean that you need to live in an ice box, but you should consider lowering the temperature by a few degrees. This is especially true when you leave the house for work every day. Why heat the house so much when no one is there to enjoy it? Set the temperature high enough to keep your pipes from freezing, and give your pipes a break.
There are plenty of ways to stay warm without turning up the heat when you are home. Extra layers of clothes and blankets can keep you cozy. Household chores like baking and washing produce heat that will warm your home up a bit. In the end, you want to set the temperature as low as possible while still remaining reasonably comfortable,
Treat Yourself to a Programmable Thermostat
Reseting your thermostat several times a day is a habit that is difficult to form. With a small investment, you don't need to make this a habit at all. Programmable thermostats are a cheap and easy way to ensure that these temperature changes are automatically made throughout the day. The simplest of these will allow you to make changes at certain times of day, and nicer models will also allow you to set exceptions for weekends and vacations.
Now you can take this a step further with smart thermostats. They are more expensive, but they give you even better control over your indoor environment. They hook into your home's WIFI system to allow you to control the temperature from your smart phone or computer. Leaving early from work? just log in from your smart phone and turn the heat on so your home will be warm by the time you get there. Some even make suggestions based on the outdoor temperature to help you save even more money.
Working on improving your home's efficiency can be addiction, especially once new upgrades can be purchased with past savings. Once you have these improvements in place, continue to work to improve your system to get your energy bills down even further. If you need assistance finding places to save money, talk to an HVAC tech for heating services.