Your House May Be Losing Heat in Surprising Ways
You’ve heard it before: saving money is making money. Why waste the heat you’re buying? Heat escapes from your home in a variety of locations that you may not immediately see. Some common ways you may be losing heat include:
- Around doors and windows
- Through leaks in ductwork
- Electrical outlets
- Plumbing penetrations
- Attic doors
- Recessed lighting
- Lack of insulation
Money-Saving Home Repair Tips
These are all fairly easy home repair projects that will save you money in the long run. Most of these projects can be performed yourself. However, if you can’t do them or don’t have time, then it’s definitely worth hiring a professional to take care of these home repair projects for you.
Here are some money-saving home repair tips that can help reduce your heating bill this season:
- Maintain a clean air filter (Don’t wait until it’s dirty)
- Reverse your ceiling fan’s direction (run it at low speed)
- Install a programmable thermostat (Program it to run less often when you’re away from the house. Rheem and Mitsubishi Electric offer a variety of home comfort options.)
- Have your furnace serviced regularly (we recommend scheduling annual service calls in the spring and fall. This can also help to extend the life of your HVAC unit.)
- Let the sunshine in (It’s free!)
- Keep vents open in all rooms
Most utility companies offer incentives, mostly in the form of a rebate for improving your home’s efficiency. Some companies will also send a professional to your home to do a walk-through, or if necessary, perform an energy audit. Everything that you do or have done will directly impact your utility bills.
This is nothing new. You’ve heard these things before. However, if you will take the time to ensure that your house is well-insulated and that leaks are corrected, then you can really save some money on your heating and electric bills this winter! Don’t hesitate to call Warren Heating and Air if we can help.