Fall and winter seasons comes with highly anticipated holidays, a festive atmosphere and coveted pumpkin spice blends. Unfortunately, they also come with decrease in temperature and increading heating bills. You should prepare your home for a cold weather ahead and lower your heating bill in the fall with these few tips.
Insulate and Seal Your Home
Cold air can move in through poorly insulated walls and ceilings around a home. So, do some research to figure out the worst culprits. Look for caulks around cables or pipes that pass through the exterior walls. The caulk will crack eventually and it requires some touch-ups to maintain prime condition.
Check doors and windows for cracks around the trim. Seal the cracks with caulk as it keeps air out.Weatherstripping can be added around the movable parts and attach a door sweep to the bottom of the door.
Schedule Fall Maintenance Tasks
A home that is well-maintained will operate more efficiently in winter. Schedule heater maintenance once in a year to keep your system in perfect shape. The tune up involves your technician lubricating, tightening, cleaning, and inspecting various parts of the unit.
If you have a fireplace, ensure you have it inspected before use. This is so for safety reasons and to ensure it’s cleaned as required.
Update Your Window Drapes
Heavy window drapes seem to be more efficient when it comes to keeping cold air out while sealing warm air inside where it is desired. Open the drapes during the day to let sunlight warm your home naturally, then close them at sunset, and you’ll savour lingering warmth so you can have a break on using heater for some time to save energy.
Check the Vents
Inspect vents throughout the house to ensure they are open without obstruction. People seem to think energy efficiency is improved when vents to unused rooms are closed. In the real sense, this disturbs the air pressure in your home and increases the heating bills.
Seal Drafty Outlets
When you place your hand towards electrical outlets on the exterior walls of your home, you’ll kost likely notice slight drafts or cold spots around these areas. That’s because home builders tend to ignore including right insulation. Take away the outlet covers to see what’s hiding behind. Small gaps can be sealed with acrylic latex, foam sealant for larger openings. Complete the adjustements by placing a foam gasket over the outlet before replacing the cover.
Set Your Thermostat Correctly
If your thermostat is programmable, set it according to your schedule at home as this allows for energy savings throughout the winter season. Set the thermostat to decrease the temperature to about 10 to 15 degrees at night. This will lowers the amount of heat utilized while you’re in your inactive state. Add flannel sheets, cozy blankets or duvet to your beds, and you may not even notice the changes. You can as well decrease the temperature while you aren’t home during the day for extra savings.
The aforementioned preventive tasks outfits your home for optimum energy efficiency during the fall. Don’t forget that adding an extra layer of clothing in the cold weather months lowers the indoor temperatures to that which you’ll be comfortable with.