3 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill and Stay Warm
As winter comes into full swing, the cost of heating your home can start to soar. But it doesn’t have to.
Whether it’s heating system maintenance or physical changes you can make to your home, there are a few really simple ways to reduce your heating bill by a large margin.
Here are 3 ways to save some extra money this winter.
1. Circulate Warm Air
Hot air tends to gather up at ceiling level, which is no use to you down there shivering on the couch.
If you have a ceiling fan, a low-speed setting will help to circulate air around the room. A counter-clockwise rotation will create an updraft that pushes the gathered warm air down the walls and back into the room.
Clockwise rotation will also work by pushing the warm air directly downwards.
If you don’t have a ceiling fan, any wall-mounted or desk fan, strategically placed, should achieve the same effect provided the fan speed is low enough. Too high and it can just create more cold air.
This can really help with heating bills by making your space more comfortable, meaning you’re less likely to fiddle with that thermostat.
2. Temperature Control
Often, the temperature of your hot water is higher than it needs to be. The average household heats their water to 140ºF (60ºC).
Adjusting the temperature of your hot water by just 10ºF can save you up to 5% of your average heating bill. Reducing the temperature, even more, will have a bigger impact on your bill.
Being mindful of when and how much your home is being heated is another surefire way to cut heating costs.
Reduce the thermostat temperature to as low as you’re comfortable with and get out some blankets to snuggle up with. Reduce the temperature, even more, when you’re out.
Programmable thermostats have an initial cost but being able to create a custom heating schedule for your home will eventually save you much more.
It’s also a good idea to schedule a service of your AC in the fall. This will help to minimize the risk of problems when winter is in full swing.
3. Seal and Insulate
One of the biggest ways you can lose heat from your home without necessarily noticing is the escape of warm air.
Gaps around doors and windows can let in drafts that lower the overall temperature of your home. Going around and sealing these gaps with caulk or foam strips will help you stop losing heat.
Close blinds or curtains at night to prevent further heat loss through windows.
If you have a fireplace, make sure the flue is closed when you aren’t using it. Otherwise, all the warm air in the room is going to go straight out the chimney.
As heat rises to the very top of your home, it can escape through the attic. Insulating your attic can make a huge improvement to heat retention in your home.
Adding layers of mineral wool (there are some great eco-friendly options of wool insulation) will help keep the heat your home is producing in your home.
Squash Your Heating Bill
Saving money on your heating bill doesn’t have to be hard work. Hopefully, these quick tips will help with heating bills and let you keep a few extra dollars in your pocket for everything else winter can throw at you.
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