Winter Heating Bills | Tips to Keep Your House Warm
With winter storms and freezing temperatures in the forecast, you want to make sure that you stay cozy and warm in your home. But you also want to make sure that you aren’t hit with an expensive winter heating bills. Especially with the below zero temperatures this week you want to make sure that your home is being heated efficiently. Here are some tips to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your heater, and your wallet, this winter.
Adjust the Thermostat
Your home heating system runs most efficiently between 68-70 degrees F. Try to keep it in that range when you’re at home. But when you’re at work or out of town, turn the temperature down. Do this either manually or leave it up to a programmable thermostat.Overall the thermostat is responsible for half of your energy bill. Thermostats like Nest save you money by adjusting the temperature of your home based on your schedule and can be controlled from your smartphone. This system could end up saving you up to 20% on your next heating bill.
Another way to keep your home energy efficient is controlling where the heat goes. Why heat a room that you hardly use? The Keen Home smart vents lets you adjust the vents in each room to temperature control it to your preferences. Your living room can be regulated at a different temperature compared to the master bedroom and kitchen.
Turn Down the Hot Water Heater
Your hot water heater is running constantly, and most likely it is set at extremely high temperatures. Factory settings are usually at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which scalds the skin. To save some extra cash change the temperature setting down. Most households are comfortable with water temperatures around 120 degrees.
Replace Old Weatherstripping
Small cracks around your doors make a big difference. Weatherstripping gets worn down by friction, age, and exposure. If you notice any cracks and gaps in your weather stripping or if any tails are dragging get it replaced. If you’re looking for a fast and inexpensive option look into the adhesive type of weatherstripping. If you want a more durable option opt for a tubular rubber or vinyl gasket.
Insulation is key to keeping your home warm during the winter months. Make sure to have it in drafty areas of your house that don’t retain heat well. One place in particular that is often overlooked is the access door to the attic.
Replace Old Windows
Double-pane, insulated windows can save your home in heating bills. Most older homes have single pane windows lose more heat than they keep in. Double-pane windows use a space filled with dead air between the panes which interrupts the heat transfer keeping the heat inside your home. If you’re short on cash and need a quick fix to improve the heat retention of your windows apply the clear plastic over any unused windows to create the same idea of dead air insulation.
Although window replacement is a larger investment, it will be worth it in the long run. Contact ARC Contracting for a quote on your window replacement.