Here are some great tips to help you save some money on your next heating bill.
Inspect Your Insulation
Since warm air rises, the single most effective way to save on heating is to have adequate attic insulation.
Plug the Gaps Outside
The next step in keeping your house cozy is to keep cold air out. Seal up all cracks on the exterior perimeter of the home, areas around windows and outdoor faucets can let in a tremendous amount of cold air, any standard outdoor caulking will do.
Stop the Leaks Inside
Windows can account for as much as 35 to 40 percent of a home's heat loss. As a rule, weather-stripping should be installed at points where surfaces move or slide together. Caulking is another method of improving performance and as well as installing plastic film, which can be a good short-term solution.
Maximize Your Heating System
For safety reasons, have a professional inspect your heating system every year to ensure that it is operating properly. Having ducts cleaned and filters changed will immediately produce results in the amount of heat produced.
Another way to save money is by using a setback thermostat. This allows you to heat your home when you are there and then let the temperature drop when you are out.
Check the Roof
It is important that you go up on your roof (or a professional) and inspect it for loose roof shingles and ridge vents. If you find loose shingles and/or ridge vents, it is important to replace them to prevent any water damage or ice damage.
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