The warm weather of summer is passing us by quickly, and soon we’ll be breaking out the sweaters and the winter jackets. Soon, we’ll also be turning on the heat in our homes and businesses, and with the rising costs of all different types of heating methods, its essential to do your research in order to save on home heating costs. Here are some hot tips to use when the mercury dips.
1.) Start by doing an energy check on your living space. Identify areas that are particularly drafty or may leak heat, and take steps to insulate them. Caulking, weather stripping, and other methods of insulation could help you save a lot during the colder months. Also make sure that your thermostat is not in a drafty area, which could result in a false reading of the current temperature.
2.) Maintain your heating unit often to be sure it is in tip-top operating shape. New filters and properly maintaining heating units can make a world of difference when it comes to your heating bill.
3.) Avoid using ventilation fans, such as in your bathroom or kitchen, as much as possible during the winter months. These fans can suck the heat out of your house quickly, putting a strain on your heating unit as it reheats your home.
4.) Don’t heat guest rooms, extra bathrooms, and other areas of your house you don’t use on a regular basis. These areas can be warmed up quickly in case of company, but otherwise do not need to be kept warm throughout the entire series.
5.) Keep your thermostat at room temperature and avoid turning it up too high or down too low. A thermostat that is set too high will not heat your home up any more quickly but will make your heating unit work harder, thus resulting in a higher heating bill. Setting the thermostat too low at times such as when you are not in the house or when you are asleep will put a strain on the heating unit to reheat the contents of the house as well as the air. A good rule of thumb is to keep your thermostat set between 70 to 72 degrees while you are in the house, and 68 to 70 while you are out or asleep. You may also want to invest in a programmable thermostat to raise and lower the temperature at specific times.
6.) Use the sun’s heat to warm up south-facing rooms. Open your curtains, blinds, or drapes during sunlight hours and close them once the sun goes down. Invest in heavier drapes or curtains to help keep the solar heat inside the room. Also, close curtains on the shady northside of the house to keep the heat in and cooler air out.
7.) Dress in layers. You’ll stay warm and it will deter you from turning up the heat. The warmer you dress, the lower you’ll need the thermostat to be – which will, in turn, save you money.
Remember, with a little bit of research and wherewithal, you can find great ways to save money and avoid the rising costs of heating.