Stretch Your Heating Dollars
With heating prices rising every year, it helps to have your heating dollars stretch further and further. Many homeowners aren’t aware of the hidden ways the home eats up heating dollars. With a few tricks, you can solve some heating issues and learn how to lower your heater bill.
Even the best made homes are vulnerable to developing an air leak over time. As the house settles into its foundation, walls can shift at odd angles, creating cracks and space around the frame of doors and windows. Those cracks let in just as much cold air as they let out your heat. If you can find and stop the leaks, your heating dollars will stretch farther. When you are learning how to save on heating bills, finding air leaks are very important!
Outside your house, check for weaknesses at the corners of the home, outdoor water faucets, and places where the foundation changes to siding. Inside, check all baseboards, weather stripping, fireplace dampers, door and window frames and electrical outlets for signs of a draft. Once located, seal them up good. Caulk can help to fix most areas. Your local hardware store would be a good place to look for other solutions.
The interior visual inspection is just as important as the exterior. There are many sneaky places that air can worm its’ way into your home. Check the following places for cracks and gaps that let air into your home:
- Electrical outlets can let small breezes into your home
- Switch plates
- Door and window frames
- Electrical and gas service entrances
- Weather stripping around doors
- Fireplace dampers
- Attic hatches
- Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners
- Cable TV and phone lines
- Where dryer vents pass through walls
- Vents and fans
By finding these cracks and gaps, you will keep your home warmer and lower your heater bill.
Insulation which is up to your regional code is by far the most efficient way to winter-proof your home. To find the code for your region, the Department of Energy can help. Having the correct insulation is very important and is a great tip when you are learning how to lower heating bill.
Check your insulation to see if it is still working as it should. Insulation is designed to block the outside weather. In the winter it stops the cold dead in its tracks. If not properly insulated, your walls could be letting in a lot of cold air. Look in your attic for a vapor barrier under the insulation. Look for a plastic sheet, tarpaper or Kraft paper. This barrier helps keep the cold from descending into the house. Get one if you don’t have one. It’s always important to speak with a professional about insulation before doing it yourself. Having your home properly insulated will really help lower your heater bill.
Check out the heater; make sure the parts are all intact and functional. If any part is worn down or looking unusable, replace it immediately to preserve the efficiency of your heater. The better it works, the faster it will heat up the house and the less it will have to work. Talk to a heater professional before you replace parts to make sure you doing it properly.
By employing a few simple tips and tricks, you can stretch your heating dollars farther by winterizing your home. We hope you have enjoyed these tips to help lower your heater bill!