Winter is a time when the utility bills tend to go through the roof. Naturally, everyone wants to get a bit warmer, and therefore, they crank the thermostat to the highest settings. However, there are ways in which you can stay warm in your home without shelling out extra for electricity and heating. Here are a few winterization tips that will prepare your home for the cold season.
A good heating system
Before the winter sets in, it is important that you call in a professional for heater maintenance. Professionals will have to be called in to check every aspect of your heating system from the furnace or power generator to the piping and the vents. When everything has been cleaned and checked for any issues, the system will be ready for use. Well maintained systems run smoothly and ensure that there is an even flow and distribution of heat.
If you plan on a new heater installation, ensure that you have the professionals come in to do the job. They will look over the entire plan of your home, analyze the spaces that require heating and accordingly set a system in place. A professional HVAC service will also provide you with maintenance and emergency repair services.
One way to get the most out of your heating service is to lower the thermostat at the end of the day when you go to bed or when the house in unoccupied. This can save you up to 20% of your utility bills. You will need a programmable thermostat for this though. Consider investing in a humidifier as this is will moisten the air warming it up more. This is also a way to reduce the pressure on your heating system.
Insulating your home
It is important to check the insulation of your home. In winter, make sure that your doors and windows are closed, especially the small vents around your garage and attic. Apart from the room that has your thermostat, seal off small rooms that don’t get used very often. During the day time, open up the curtain of the south facing windows to let in the light. Make sure that you pull down all blinds by evening to help keep the heat in.
Before the winter sets in, make it a point to check every window and door for cracks or holes that need filling. This will help with insulation. Even the smallest of dents can result in a loss of heat from the home in the long run, and this can put pressure on your heating system.
If you have a furnace, make sure that it is inspected by professional HVAC service personnel before you turn it on. The same goes with your water heater. During the summer season, make it a practice to drain at least one bucket of hot water from your heater to ensure that no sediment builds up here. Traditional fireplaces are not really a good idea in winter as they tend to suck heated air from the fire and then expel this through the chimneys; it necessitates the switching on of your exhaust, which consumes power.
There are so many ways in which you can winterize your home, stay cozy and yet save money.