Unless you are running a Christmas spectacular light show in your home, then the majority of your monthly energy bill probably goes toward your home heating system. Bills can especially skyrocket during the winter.
Perhaps you’re trying to cut costs by being more energy efficient but are having trouble doing so. When it comes to lowering your power bill, efficiency is everything. Central heating can, in fact, be cost efficient and budget-friendly. However, there are a few ways to minimize energy efforts and substantially conserve. Here’s how:
1. Replace Worn Weatherstripping
As basic as this sounds, it will do wonders for your heating bill. Weatherstripping that is worn, ripped, or coming undone will create major cold drafts in your home by allowing outside cool air in.
Almost 12% of any given home will experience heat loss from air coming in around windows and doors. These leaks give a homeowner the desire to turn up the heat and boost the thermostat.
This creates a huge surge in energy needed to warm the house without the heat being held within the walls. Even if a homeowner doesn’t turn up the air, they are losing warm arm which will cause central heating to work harder.
Weatherstripping wears much like a home does. It simply needs to be replaced every few years or so because of normal wear and tear. This can substantially help you maintain an energy efficient home.
Simply pull off the old and tack on the new.
2. Check Door Thresholds to Preserve Central Heating
If you can see any light under any of your doors, then you are most likely losing all of that delicious central heating air you’ve paid for. The door has to be in contact with the threshold to stop air from going right under and out.
There are thresholds that have minimal screws that will let you adjust the height of the threshold and eliminate the gap. Simply turn the screws counterclockwise and lift it until the light is completely eliminated. Central heating loves to creep out in the spaces in your thresholds.
If there is some residual light coming through the corners, you are in the clear. However, don’t raise the threshold to the point that it will stop you from opening and closing the door. The door should move freely and not drag or it might wear out your (newly installed) weatherstripping.
3. Plug It Up
Gas Lines, electrical cables, and pipes that enter your home often leave holes with gaps around them. While technicians try to fill them, they are usually done in a haphazard manner. Even if it has been caulked, that caulk eventually peels, cracks or falls of naturally.
To keep your central heating in, you need to eliminate the gaps around these cords. Furthermore, you’ll get rid of tiny spaces that are great doggy-doors for mice and other insects.
A great way to seal up these odd space is with expanding foam. Many new homes are using expanding foam from the get-go during installation. If you are in an older home, consider using expanding foam around your entry holes.
Even consider your water pipes under your sinks. Simply unscrew and pull back the ring, then caulk around the pipes.
4. Chimney Block for the Ultimate Central Heating Protector
Fireplaces are wonderful things. They add natural heat and are also a huge contributor to a beautiful ambiance. However, when they are not in use central heating loves to escape through them.
Unfortunately, even when your chimney flue is closed, central heating is probably still escaping.
There’s good news though: you can block the airflow in your chimney with an inflatable chimney balloon. Yes, balloons are no longer just for your child’s birthday party. They can now actually save you money!
These balloons are available on amazon.com and can fit a variety of chimney sizes. They are a little more expensive than your regular party balloon at about $50 a balloon. However, they are a great investment that will absolutely pay for itself within just a few months of lower electric bills.
Blow the balloon up and stick it directly into your chimney. And don’t worry, if you forget to take the balloon out before you start your next fire, it’ll automatically deflate.
5. Insulate the Attic Door
Even in attics with great insulation, it’s probable that the attic door might not be well insulated. This can create a big problem for central heating. Warm air can escape through the attic hatch.
Furthermore, if the door is warped or there is anything in the thresholds, then the door won’t lie flat. This will also encourage warm air to leak into the attic. There are absolutely zero benefits from warming a cool attic where no one spends time.
You can use adhesive to simply attach a piece of fiberglass insulation to the sides of the attic door. This will inhibit air from getting around the door. You can also use a latch bolt system to close your attic door tight if it won’t lie flat.
6. Upgrade It
Programmable thermostats have many savings benefits. Being able to turn down the thermostat just 10-15 degrees a day can save your energy bill in a serious way. You can even turn it down just for the hours you sleep.
Consider Nest. While it has a steep price tag, you’ll save up to 12% on your heating. There are also rebates and other incentives available.
By following these tips you can significantly reduce your heating costs. You’ll have more money in your wallet and more warm air in your home during the winter months.
Go green and save energy by eliminating the gaps and spaces around your doors and windows. Check your thresholds and consider your attic door. For the best cooling and heating systems and installation, contact us today.