The cold months of the year are approaching, but that doesn’t mean that your heating bills should drain your wallet. In fact, there are several ways to reduce heating costs without doing anything drastic, like replacing your heating system.
Here are four tips to get you started.
Reduce Thermostat Settings
The lower you can keep the thermostat’s temperature, the more money you’ll save. In fact, for every degree you lower it, you can reduce heating costs by approximately 2 to 3 percent. If it gets chilly, try wrapping up with blankets and sweaters before adjusting the thermostat. And don’t forget to upgrade to a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already.
Seal Air Leaks
Your home is full of obvious and subtle areas where air leakage occurs. For example, doors and windows are obvious areas where this often occurs, and the leaky sections can be sealed with either caulk or weatherstripping.
If you don’t have enough insulation in the exterior walls, attic, or basement, heat will leak out and cold air will move in. The first area to check is the attic. Adding insulation in the attic is a low-cost task that can result in immediate savings of up to 20 percent off heating costs.
Reduce the Water Heater Temperature
Water heaters often have a thermostat setting of 140 degrees when first installed, but no one needs to take a shower at that temperature nor is such hot water necessary for washing clothes or dishes. Do yourself a favor and reduce the thermostat to 120 degrees. While you’re at it, wrap the water heater in an insulating blanket purchased from a home improvement store to help prevent heat loss.
For more expert advice on how to reduce heating costs or any other home comfort issues, please contact the professionals at Carefree Comfort, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the needs of Highland Park and surrounding areas since 1984.
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