When the weather gets cold, you know it's time to turn the heater on. Unfortunately, rising energy costs mean you're going to spend more money to keep your home warm. That doesn't mean you're heating bills have to go through the roof. Here are four simple steps that will help you keep your heating bill from skyrocketing this winter.
Get Your Furnace Serviced
A dirty furnace has to work harder, which means it will cost more money to run. To keep your furnace working properly, it should be serviced twice a year. The best times to schedule the service calls are at the beginning of spring and the beginning of fall. This will ensure that your heater is working properly when the weather starts to get cold and that it's ready to be shut down when the weather turns warm.
Seal Your Electrical Boxes
Put your hand on your electrical outlets. If you feel cold air coming from them, you're wasting valuable energy. If your electrical boxes aren't properly insulated, cold air can get into your home. Cold air coming through one electrical box might not make much of a difference on your heating bill. However, if you have cold air blowing through all of your electrical boxes, it can definitely add a chill to your home.
Foam gaskets will insulate your electrical boxes and prevent cold air from sneaking into your home. Simply remove the outlet cover and place the foam gasket over the exposed outlet. Replace the cover and repeat the process on each of your outlets. Foam gaskets are available at most home improvement centers.
Stop Heat Loss at the Fireplace
Your wood burning stove or fireplace could be inviting cold air into your home, especially when you're not using it. Installing an airtight door will keep cold air out of your home. It's also important that you keep the vents closed. This is particularly true if you have a heat pump installed on your fireplace. The heat pump acts as a fan to push the warm air into your home. However, if the vents are left open when you're not using your fireplace or wood burning stove, cold air can blow into your home.
Seal Your Windows
Stand in front of your windows. Do you feel cold air coming through the cracks around the window frame? If you do, you might want to consider sealing them up for the winter. All you have to do is place a thin strip of removable caulk around the entire window frame. This will insulate your windows and keep warm air from escaping from around the windows. When the weather begins to warm up, simply peel the caulk off.
You want to keep your home warm during the winter but you don't want to pay the high energy bills. By using the tips provided here, you can help keep your heating bills low.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc.