With the warmer season coming to an end, it’s time to begin preparing for winter. As temperatures start to decrease, home heating costs begin to rise. However, winter doesn’t always have to drastically increase your expenses. From sealing air leaks to applying house window tinting, a few simple solutions could make a big difference on your monthly heating bill. This season, try implementing these five steps to winterize your home and keep energy costs low.
1. Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks allow cold air to enter the home while also letting heat slowly filter out. This can drive up costs immensely as more energy is used to circulate heat through the home to accommodate for the loss. Applying caulk to any cracks in the roof or walls will stop air from seeping out. Another solution commonly used is Weatherstripping for preventing air from escaping through doorframes and window frames.
2. Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat will allow you to regulate the temperature of your home while you are gone during the day and at night. Lowering the temperature by eight degrees during the eight-hour workday and 10 hours at night can save roughly $150 per year in energy costs.
3. Insulate Ducts
Make sure you’re getting the most out of your heating system by wrapping ducts and vents in insulation. Up to 20-percent of air from a heating or cooling system can escape through vents and ductwork joints that aren’t thoroughly prepared for the winter season. If you have any pipes that are running through areas that aren’t insulated, consult a manufacturer to discuss methods of insulating. You may be able to wrap pipes in foam or fiberglass helping to regulate temperature and heat loss.
4. Install Window Film Products
House window tinting helps insulate the home by trapping heat indoors and keeping cool air out. EnerLogic window film is a premium product that can virtually transform a single pane clear window into a dual-pane, and a dual-pane window into a triple. Not only can home window film keep warm air inside, but it also reflects heat back to its source, resulting in a much more even heat distribution, keeping occupants at a comfortable temperature. By trapping heat indoors, there will be less use of a heating system, and energy costs can be reduced.
5. Assess Your Home
Find winterizing solutions that are personalized to your home. Use the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Home Advisor website for tips on how to reduce your energy costs. Here you’ll find a quick questionnaire and receive customized recommendations for winterizing your home and saving more in energy costs this winter.