Seal Leaks- Caulk both the inside and outside of your windows with a water-resistant product.
Turn on the Fan- Reverse the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans. Since warm air rises, the fan blades will push the air down and help keep the warmer air in circulation.
Close Off Unused Space- Close vents and doors to rooms and other areas (basements, dining rooms, guest bedrooms, etc) you don’t use regularly.
Optimize Your Time in the Kitchen- Turning down the heat when it’s time to cook/bake and wait to cook when everyone’s home and can enjoy the added warmth. Leave the oven door cracked open for 15-20 minutes after shutting off the oven so the warm air can fill the room.
Let the Sun Shine In- Leverage passive solar power during the day by leaving your curtains and drapes open. The brighter the better!
Duct and Cover- Duct work that’s not well-insulated, disconnected, or dirty impedes air flow and makes your heating system work harder. Check ducts in the attic and basement, vacuum or wipe them out, and seal loose connections with a metal-backed tape.
Call the Pros- It’s not a bad idea to have a professional or licensed HVAC Company come out every couple of years to inspect and clean your system to ensure its working at optimal performance.
Replace Air Filters- A clean air filter will not only reduce dust inside, it will reduce the amount of energy it takes for your heater to work and extend its life.
Consider a programmable thermostat or Lower your thermostat- You likely won’t notice a huge difference if you turn it down just a few degrees, a move that can shave 5% to 10% percent off your heating bill. It’s especially wise to turn down the heat whenever you leave your home for several hours or in the middle of the night when you’re sound a sleep.
Insulate- Though more expensive than the other strategies, insulation gives you a big bang for your winterizing buck. You should have at least 12 inches of insulation in your attic.
If you’d like to reduce your heating bills this season, consider giving some of these free or low-cost tips a try. If you would like a referral for a reputable HVAC Contractor or Home Insulating Company, give your LOCAL Prudential Select Properties Agent a call. Staying warm this winter doesn’t have to freeze your home or break the bank!!!
Prudential Select Properties St Charles County Office, 636-720-1100