Whether you like it or not, winter is literally right around the corner and many of us are thinking of the same thing: How do we keep our homes warm without spending a bundle? Everyone has enough to worry about financially, especially with Christmas getting closer by the second, so no one wants to be throwing money away on increased heating bills. Relax, we are here to help. We are going to give seven (7) tips to keep your house warm, thus keeping you and your family warm without having a huge negative impact on your bank accounts.
Keep Your House Warm With These 7 Tips
By button up, we are referring to your home. There are a lot of places where cold air can sneak its way into your home. Buy some high-quality caulk and seal off those areas. A few places to check are behind outlet and switch covers, around windows and doors, and any cracks that might be in your drywall. It might take a few hours to complete, but in addition to keeping the house warm, the money it can help you save will be worth it.
Give Your Heating System a Tune-up
This may sound like a common sense tip, but many people neglect the most important aspect of their home during the warmer months, their heating systems. When our heating systems have issues that lower their efficiency, your energy bill can increase by 30 percent or more. Change the filters, clean out the vents, and make sure there is nothing stacked around your heating system.
Check for Gaps
Check your windows and doors for gaps that may have developed. When homes settle, gaps can sometimes from and can let a large amount of cold air to enter your home. Use a quality weather seal to fill these gaps. If the gaps are too severe, consider calling in professional to realign them.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
If you are still using an older thermostat with your heating system, now would be a great time to upgrade. The models that are available today are more precise and allow you to program them for better operational control, thereby reducing the amount of energy you are using when it is not needed. Additionally, many newer digital thermostats can be linked to a mobile device which lets you lower your heat when you are leaving and increase it when you return.
Inspect Your Recessed Lights
If your home has the older can lights, there is a good chance you are losing a lot of your heat to your attic space. Older can lights were designed to be vented in order to prevent overheating. While the need for this safety precaution is obvious, it is a double-edged sword because it lets the heat from your heating system to escape as well. During your home The first step to take is to remove the ring around the light fixture and caulk the gap that is between the fixture and the ceiling. Next, build a drywall box and place it over the can light in the attic and insulate over the box. The will provide sufficient space for heat to be vented away from the light and still prevent heat from being lost in the attic.
Consider Adding Carpet
If you have wood floors in your home, especially in the bedrooms, consider adding carpet. While anyone can appreciate a beautiful hardwood floor, carpeting does a better job at blocking cold air from seeping through and has a higher insulating factor than wood. Plus, it helps you to keep your feet warm when you walk on it barefoot! If covering your wood floors is not an option, you can always lay a large area rug or nice big piece of carpet (without having it actually installed) during the colder months and remove it once the warmer weather returns. If this is something that you’re interested in, then go and check out some samples. Carpet stores like Georgia Carpet Industries are great places for you to gather samples so that you can know what type just might be right for you. Whoever you go to, though, just make sure to ask about which type is the most insulating.
Get an energy audit conducted on your home. By hiring a BPI certified energy rater, you will have a better understanding of where you are losing the heat in your home. The professional rater will test your home and provide you with an extremely detailed report that will highlight any energy issues you home may have.
There you have it, our tips for staying warm without going broke this winter. There are many other ways you can help your home to stay warmer. Doing some research online and contacting your local power company will lead you to a plethora of free information. Good luck and stay warm.