Now that winter is here and the temperatures are beginning to get cold, as a homeowner, you can expect to see your utility bill spike due to an increase in your heating costs. This is expected, but it is not something that anyone wants to see. Thankfully, there are some measures that you can take to help minimize your heating costs while also ensuring that your heating system runs as efficiently as possible throughout this winter season. Here are three things you will want to keep in mind.
Don't Overlook How Advantageous the Sun Can Be
One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your household's heating costs during the winter is to use the sun to your advantage. During the winter, you will want to make use of south-facing windows. Open up the curtains and blinds during the day when the sun is shining strong. The sunlight that beams through the windows will help to warm your home — more than you can imagine. However, don't forget to close the blinds and curtains once the suns goes down; otherwise, you will lose that heat that you gained during the day.
Don't Forget the Importance of Turning Down the Thermostat
You first instinct is going to be to turn up the heat, but each degree that you turn your thermostat up is going to cause your utility bill to increase. So, whenever possible, make sure to turn down the heat in the house. For instance, if no one is at home, such as when you head to work, turn down the heat. You can also turn down the heat when you go to bed at night since you will be underneath the blankets. If necessary, simply add an extra blanket to the bed for additional warmth.
Don't Let the Air Leaks Take Your House for Granted
One thing that can impact the efficiency of your heating system and how much you spend trying to heat your home is air leaks, which will let cold air inside and hot air outside. Air leaks are commonly found around windows, doors, chimneys, recessed lighting, skylights, etc. You can seal these yourself with weatherstripping or caulking, or you can opt to hire a professional to seal the air leaks. The important thing is that the air leaks are located and dealt with to avoid unnecessary spikes in heating costs over the winter.
To learn more, contact a boiler and heating repair professional, like those at Rickett Industrial Environmental Systems.Share