Tips for heating your home more efficiently this winter
According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for almost 50% of the energy used in a typical American home. Since heating your home is most likely your largest energy expense, take some time to make sure that you are doing it as efficiently as possible. Read on for some tips to keep your home toasty and your utility costs down, the environment and your wallet will thank you.
Keeping the cold air out is just as important as keeping the warm air in
- Find and seal the drafts in your home with caulk and weather strips.
- Caulk is used for cracks between stationary parts of your home like door and window frames while weather stripping is for moving parts of your home like doors and operable windows.
- Some places to look for drafts are attic access doors, outlets, doors, plumbing entrances, windows, and chimneys. Click here (https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/weatherize/air-sealing-your-home) for a checklist from the Department of Energy to make sure your home is sealed top to bottom.
- Make sure your home is well insulated, including your attic. Click here (https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/weatherize/insulation/where-insulate-home) for a checklist from the Department of Energy on insulating your home.
Air circulation matters
- Reverse your ceiling fans so they rotate clockwise. This will draw rising warm air down.
- Change your furnace filters monthly to ensure efficiency.
- Make sure your furniture is not directly in front of vents so the warm air can circulate.
Timing is key
- Use your curtains correctly. Open your curtains during the day to take advantage of the heat from sunlight. Close your curtains just before the sun goes down to keep the cold air out at night.
- Install a programable thermostat to drop the temperature down 8-10 degrees while you’re at work or sleeping.
Hoping you have a toasty warm winter, no matter the weather outside!