8 Ways to Cut Your Home Heating Bills
Even though winter has brought mild temperatures to the Wilmington area thus far, we know colder days are yet to come. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help keep your home heating bills under control for the remainder of the season.
Here are eight things you can do right now that will cut your home heating bills this winter from All in One Services HVAC Wilmington NC:
#1: Replace Worn or Torn Weatherstripping/Caulking
Weatherstripping has one job – to seal up any gaps between exterior doors and windows and their framing. When it gets torn or worn down, it loses its effectiveness. So, do a thorough check of the weatherstripping around your doors and the caulking around your windows and replace any that look in bad shape.
#2: Seal Any Holes in Your Exterior Walls
Look around your home for any holes or pipe entry points (such as gas lines, plumbing, electrical cables, etc.) and use an expanding foam product to seal these areas. This will help prevent air from being lost around pipes and other things that penetrate through your home’s exterior.
#3: Seal Windows and Unused Exterior Doors with Plastic Film
Sealing windows with plastic film has been a wintertime energy-conservation trick for years because it works! In fact, by sealing your windows and any unused exterior doors, like a patio door, you can save as much as 14% on your winter heating bill.
#4: Insulate Door That Accesses the Attic
Heat rises, so it makes sense that any gaps in insulation along the ceiling will inevitably draw warm air. One of the areas that is often missed in terms of insulation is the attic access door. But, applying a layer of insulation to the back of the attic door is all that’s needed to help prevent that loss of heat.
#5: Seal Your Chimney When Not in Use
A closed chimney flue is supposed to help prevent warm air from escaping up the chimney when it is not in use, but studies show them to be very inadequate. Instead, use an inflatable chimney balloon for a better seal. Just be sure you remove it before using your fireplace.
#6: Seal Your Ductwork
If your ducts aren’t sealed well, they can leak warm air into areas that don’t need it, like your basement or attic. By inspecting the ductwork in these areas and sealing any leaks, you can greatly improve the warmth and comfort of your home’s living spaces.
#7: Upgrade Your Thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat to a programmable model will help you manage your home’s comfort level more effectively. For instance, you can set your thermostat at a cooler temperature for those times when you’re not at home or at night when you’re sleeping. This will ensure your heater isn’t continually running when you’re not at home or awake.
#8: Have Your HVAC System Serviced
One of the most dependable ways to help control your heating costs is to have your home’s heating and air system inspected and serviced by an experienced HVAC technician. By taking this one step, you’ll enjoy better performance from your furnace, more consistent indoor temperatures, and lower heating bills all winter long.
Call All in One Services HVAC Wilmington NC and Schedule Service Today
With still more than two months to go before spring comes back to the Wilmington area, there’s a lot you can do to help keep your winter heating bills under control. But, if you can only do one, we recommend having your home’s heating and air system serviced. This will not only help improve the comfort of your indoor environment, it will also help lengthen the lifespan of your home’s most expensive piece of equipment – the HVAC system.
For reliable HVAC service, call All in One Services HVAC in Wilmington NC. We have been one of the Wilmington area’s most trusted providers of HVAC service since 1989. We are fully licensed and insured and we can help ensure your system is optimized and running at peak performance. We also offer free replacement estimates and financing on new installations. Call us today at 910-343-1399.