Heating Costs - How To Winterize Your Home
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Heating Costs - How To Winterize Your Home

Heating costs, keep the thermostat low and the heat up this winter by sealing up drafts and ensure heat registers are dust-free. Change your furnace filters regularly.

With today's high fuel prices, heating your home in the winter months can be very expensive. You can cut heating costs by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. This will save you up to 15 percent a year on your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

If you have an older home, you should take steps to seal up the drafts in your home at the end of October when the weather is still somewhat warm.

Next you can seal all the drafts in your home. One way to make sure you're not throwing money out the window is to ensure heat's not escaping through it as well. From mail slots to doorways, to cracks and loose window fittings, air leaks can be found throughout the entire home, sending heated air outside. Without compromising the ventilation system or air quality, you can seal most of these leaks by applying weather-stripping.

Weather-stripping comes in many forms, including adhesive-backed foam strips for door and window frames, sealants for cracks and shrink-film for windows. Many come with easy application features.

Warm air can even leave a room through electrical outlets. Seal these holes tight with fire retardant plastic foam outlet covers.

Gather round: Not all rooms should be treated equally when it comes to heating. By targeting only frequently used rooms of the home, you can turn down the thermostat and save energy. But don't forget to close the doors of rooms not in use.

Portable heaters are ideal for zone heating because there is no installation involved, so you can create cozy spaces quickly. But traditional units can get very hot, posing a risk to pets, children, and flammable materials like curtains and carpet.

There are also many quick fixes that will help you heat efficiently. Between annual furnace check-ups, clean or replace air filters once a month. Dirt and build-up prevent systems from operating at maximum efficiency.

Ensure heat registers are dust-free and clear of obstructions like drapes and furniture. Change the direction of your ceiling fans to a clockwise rotation. This forces cooler air upward, sending the warm air down into your living space.

Don't forget that thermostats need up keep as well. Calibrate your thermostat for proper temperature readings and dust the inside and cover with a soft brush. With a little effort, you don't need to sacrifice your family's comfort to save a dime during these cold winter months.

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Comments (7)

You have done a lot of good work to present this helpful home improvement heating article. Thank you.

Thank you for sharing helpful information with us. I liked the way you presented everything.

Great tips on winterizing my home and saving on heating costs..voted

Nice Information. :)

Interesting article. Voted up. Thank you Ann for support and vote.

Good tip to close doors of rooms not in use to save heat. Well done


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