The winter brings the added expense of having to heat your house. Being comfortable without having to wear a parka inside your home should be your goal here. In this writing, I will explore a few tips to save on your energy bill while also keeping your family warm and comfortable.
The weatherstripping around your doors and windows does wear out overtime and needs to be replaced. It performs the role in the winter of keeping the warmed air inside your house and the cold air out. Weatherstripping should be examined and replaced if not functioning as intended. This is low cost home maintenance task that can yield significant savings by lowering your heating bill.
By adding or augmenting your homes insulation, you can keep your home warmer and lesson the amount of work your furnace needs to do. The first area to check to see if you have adequate insulation is your attic space. This chart from the US governments EnergyStar program will help you determine if you have enough insulation based on your geographic region. Adding insulation to your attic area will generally provide you the maximum return on your investment. The crawlspace and walls while important areas to insulate are more difficult to access and more costly to insulate.
Keeping your furnace or home heating system in top working condition is imperative. Have a HVAC professional service your unit to ensure its peak performance. Homeowners can ensure the systems air filters are regularly changed. This ensures cleaner air and the heating unit doesn’t have to work as hard to produce heat. Request that your heating service professional inspects your ductwork to seals any leaks.
Windows and Doors
Most of the warm air lost by your house during the winter is through doors and windows. If your house is older, it may be time to consider updating your windows and doors with ones that better insulated. This will reduce your energy usage. This is a costly investment to make but will yield savings over several years, improve the homes comfort, and update the look and style. A lower cost option that will save on your home heating bill is to add storm windows and storm doors. Something to consider if your budget doesn’t allow to go with the full replacement option.