As the cold weather sets in, you are probably ready to crank up the heating. This also means that you will be spending a lot more on your utility bills. If you want to reduce the energy costs for your heating, putting a stop to heat loss can help. Here are some things you can do to stop heat loss this winter and lower your utility bill:
1. Evaluate Your Home for Air Leaks and Stop Them
Air leaks can be a major problem with energy loss in your home. They can cause heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. You will want to look for any possible areas where your home is losing energy. This is often in places on exterior walls where mechanical systems are located. Find these leaks and stop them with foam gaskets or cans of spray foam.
2. Stop Drafts by Adding Treatments to Windows and Doors
In addition to air leaks from utilities, the windows and doors in your home can cause you to lose heat. This can be easily addressed by adding window treatments. Do not just do this to windows, but also to areas like glass doors or entrances with side glass windows that cause cold air to come into your home.
3. Keep the Heat in Your Home by Checking Chimneys and Exhaust Stacks
With the winter holidays coming, you may be using fireplaces and wood stoves to warm your home in addition to a furnace. These can also be a place where a lot of heat goes right out the chimney. To stop heat loss here, make sure exhaust and chimney dampers are in the correct position. They should be opened to the back, which allows fumes to escape but reflects heat back into your home.
4. Reduce Heat Loss by Adding Insulation to Areas That Need It
Insulation can also help to prevent heat loss in your home as well as protect from problems like ice dams on your roof. Check your attic to make sure it has efficient insulation to keep the heat in your home. You may also want to consider adding insulation to areas of your home like garages and unfinished rooms.
These are some of the things that you can do to stop heat loss this winter and reduce your energy costs. In addition, many of these techniques will also help you to keep your home cool in the hot months. If you need help with repairs or maintenance to your heating or air conditioning system, contact an HVAC service like Omega Air Conditioning and talk with them about helping you make your system more efficient.