If you live an an area of the country where you experience freezing temperatures much of the year, you probably have a really high heating energy bill. Here are three ways that you can help manage and reduce your heating bill this winter.
#1 Schedule A Tune-Up For Your Heating System
It is easy to turn your thermostat up and just let your heater do its job year after year. If your heating system is putting out heat, it is easy to assume that it doesn't need any maintenance. However, if you want your heating system to work as cost effectively as possible, you need to schedule an inspection and tune-up for your heating system. They can inspect your heating system and do things such as change out the air filter, clean the components, and change out parts that are not working that well to make your heater work more effectively. Just because your heater works doesn't mean it is operating as effectively as it possibly can, which is why you need to have it inspected this winter, especially if it has been a few years since you last had it inspected.
When you have your heating system inspected, make sure that they also inspect and check all of the duct work in your home that feeds the hot air into your home. If any of your duct work develops leaks or gaps, all the hot air that your heating system is warming up is just going into your crawlspace instead of into your home, and you are going to have to heat your home longer to get it warm. Repairing any issues with your duct system can help greatly reduce your heating costs.
#2 Use Natural Light To Heat Up Your Home
Use natural light to heat up your home. The sunlight outside can really help heat up your home if you let it in. When the sun is directly hitting your home, open up your blinds and curtains and allow some of that light in. It will help heat up your home naturally without you using any energy. Just make sure that you close up the blinds and curtains once the sun stops hitting your house to keep the heat inside and keep the cold out.
#3 Seal Up Your House
The last thing you can do is make sure that air is not leaking out or into your house. Check all of your doors and add weather stripping to the bottom so hot air can't escape out the bottom and cold air can't seep in. Check all of your windows and make sure that the glass is flush with the frame. If you can feel air coming in around your windows, use caulking to keep the air out of your home. Check all the plumbing and electrical connections around your home, and apply caulking around them to prevent cold air from getting into your home.
Lower your heating energy costs by using a multi-prong approach; have your heating system checked out, use natural light to your advantage, and seal up anywhere where air can get in or out. For more information, contact local professionals like RE Boggs Inc.