Tips To Keep Heating Costs Down In Winter
Pinnacle Air Solutions of Cincinnati Ohio offers these proven heating tips to keep costs down this winter.
Home heating requires a lot of energy, and many estimates place this expense at 50% of the total energy costs for the year. The following are tips that are easy to implement while helping to reduce heating costs by a potentially substantial amount.
1. Replace worn weather stripping around doors. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that worn weather stripping can waste between 8% and 12% of your heating costs.
2. Adjust the door thresholds. This is another method for conserving heat in the home and not heating the outdoors. The savings is variable depending on how much the door threshold is out of adjustment. You can check this by having a family member shine a flashlight under the door from outside, and then you can check for light coming under the door. If you see none, then the threshold is perfectly adjusted.
3. Caulk around the windows. A 1/16th inch unsealed crack around a window allows as much cold air to come in an as a window that is open 1/2 inch. Use a high quality caulk that will seal properly and last a long time.
4. Plug holes in exterior walls. Look for the holes that allow air conditioning and electrical cables to enter the home.
5. Insulate the space behind a socket cover plate. You can purchase foam pads that are designed to insulate behind the cover.
6. Cover windows and door walls with a plastic film. Experts say this can save as much as 15% of the winter energy costs. This material is easy to apply and it will not harm the woodwork.
7. Seal the duct work. The Department of Energy says that 20% of the heat can escape through duct work that is not properly sealed. Check the duct work in the basement and the attic. Pinnacle Air Solutions offers Aeroseal duct sealing which includes a 10 year warrant. Learn more about Aeroseal Duct Sealing in Cincinnati.
8. Run the ceiling fans on the low speed and in a clockwise direction. This can help keep the warm air down closer to the occupants.
9. Do not turn off the registers in unused rooms. The furnace is designed to heat the total living space square footage. The furnace can be damaged when its functioning is restricted.
10. Change the furnace filters monthly. A dirty and clogged filter will make the furnace work harder to create heat.
11. Install a programmable thermostat. This is one of the best ways to save heating costs. The temperature variations for saving heating costs can be automatically controlled. You can adjust the temperature for a lower level while you sleep and when no one is home. You can automatically raise the temperature before you come home and before you get up in the morning.
12. Reduce the temperature to 68 degrees or lower while sleeping.
13. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees at all times. You will save up to 5 percent for every degree you lower your thermostat in the range of 60 degrees to 70 degrees.
13. Keep the drapes and blinds closed at night to keep cold air out.
14. Open the drapes and blinds during the day on the walls that are in direct sunlight.
15. Consider an inflatable chimney balloon to prevent air from escaping through the chimney which will happen even when the chimney flue is closed. The balloon can be removed before using the fireplace.
Pinnacle Air Solutions can conduct an energy audit of your Cincinnati home to determine if there are other opportunities to save on heating costs. Call us today at 513.984.HEAT to schedule an in-home evaluation.