Heating Tips That Save Energy

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Heating your home can become quite costly if you do not take steps to try to cut back on the amount of energy you use. There are several small ways to conserve energy around your home that can help you save money in the process. Here are some energy-saving heating tips you can use to keep your heating costs lower during the next cold season.

Make Furnace Repairs

Since summer is right around the corner, now is the time to have a full furnace inspection. This will give you ample time to have the service make necessary repairs or to get a new furnace if the older one is not cost-effective. Making repairs can save you money on energy costs as faulty or inefficient heating will suck up money you pay for electricity, oil or propane. 

Add Some Humidity

If the air in your home is dry, it will make the temperature feel cooler than it actually is. Place a few small humidifiers in rooms that feel chilly. The water content will be dispersed into the room and when the furnace comes on, it will heat the moisture, making it feel warmer in the process. This will keep you from turning up the thermostat as often.

Direct The Heat

If you have rooms that you do not use regularly, turn off the heating vents inside of them so the heat will redirect in areas where it is needed more. Make sure to shut the doors to these rooms, as well. Another way to redirect heat is to put reflective silver aluminum foil on the wall behind your radiator. This will push the warmer air into the room where the furnace is located.

Control Heat With Windows and Doors

Another way to keep heat inside is to check all windows and doors for drafts. Slowly move a lit incense stick against the perimeter of each door and window in your home. If you notice flickering in the smoke being emitted, there is a draft present at this location. Fill in any drafty areas along windows and doors with caulk or weather-stripping. In very cold weather, use shrinkable wrap on the window panes of your windows to help retain heat, as well.

Place a door guard against the bottom of each door in your home to help keep warm air from escaping. You can also use a door sweep at the bottom of each doorway to keep in even more warm air. For more information, contact a business like Borter Heating & Air Conditioning Co.


31 March 2015

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