Turn Up the Savings on Home Heating
Winter has arrived, but it does not have to bring outrageous heating bills with it. Simply following some basic DIY home maintenance tips can reward you with financial savings without sacrificing home comfort. Let’s take a quick tour around the house to determine some common problem areas that can be fixed easily.
Replace Worn Weather Stripping
It is not uncommon for weather stripping to be replaced every few years due to normal wear and tear. Damaged weather stripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air. According to Black Hills Energy, 7 to 12 percent of a home’s heat loss occurs around windows and doors, causing the furnace to work harder. Many different types of weather stripping are available, so while you are out looking, consider the level of durability.
Seal Air Leaks in Ductwork
It is a good idea to evaluate the accessible ductwork in your basement and attic. You need to look for areas where ducts may be loose at seems and corners. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating system by as much as 20 percent according to the experts at Energy Star. To fix any necessary areas, use duct sealant or metal-backed tape to seal the seams and duct connections.
Lock Windows and Doors
Have you ever noticed how locking your windows pushes them closer to your weather stripping? Simply locking your windows and doors will prevent cold air from infiltrating your home. If you live in colder regions, lock them sooner rather than later. Waiting too long will cause them to freeze in their current positions, making them difficult to move without a lot of extra work.
Change Air Filters Regularly
At a minimum, it is recommended to change your filters every 3 months, but it might be necessary to check and replace your filters every month, especially during heavy use months in the winter and summer. Dirty filters will slow down air flow, causing the heating system to work harder which wastes energy. Clean filters also prevent dirt and dust buildup in the system which leads to a healthier heating system.
Adjust That Thermostat
Simply adjusting your thermostat will go a long way in lowering your heating bill. According to Black Hills Energy, each degree you lower your heat in the 60 to 70 degree range will save 2 percent on your heating costs. Is there an ideal temperature? Experts will quote around 68 degrees, but a good rule of thumb is to set the temperature as low as you can while still remaining comfortable.
Whether you are trying to make more room in your monthly budget or maintain a healthy home, these simple tips will turn up the savings on home heating this winter!
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