If your heating bill is getting you down, or your house simply refuses to stay at your preferred level of warmth, there are a few upgrades that can help you keep your home warm regardless of the weather. Below are a few suggestions; talk to a local heating expert to learn how best to improve your home’s comfort.
The first step is to inspect your house to find where heat is escaping. You can do this inspection yourself or ask a heating expert to perform the inspection for you and give you recommendations on how to improve your heating system. The top five sources of heat loss are:
- air leakage (35%)
- windows and doors (20%)
- floors (18%)
- walls (12%)
- ceiling (10%)
The first area that you want to check is your insulation. If you have an attic, crawl up into the space and look towards the floor. If you can see the joints, then your house is in need of additional insulation. Other places to check are your basements and any crawl spaces. Having your house properly insulated will keep the heart trapped in your house and lower your utility bill. When checking your insulation, don’t forget your water heater and pipes. Up to 17% of your heating bill can come from heating water.
Make sure that all your windows and doors are properly sealed. Add caulk or other sealing measures on all windows, doors, air conditioning units, or any cracks on the exterior of your home. For extra comfort, consider replacing any single paned windows with double paned or other energy-efficient windows.
Another step to trapping the heat in your house is to consider your floors. Thin carpets and hardwood floors can let heat escape into the ground. Installing new carpet or adding area rugs can greatly add to the comfort level of your home.
These few upgrades can have a significant effect on the level of warmth and comfort of your home, while helping lower your heating bill, all winter long.