Keeping your heating costs down this winter doesn’t have to involve a great deal of work or money. In most regions throughout Canada, heating during the cold months accounts for your home’s highest energy bills throughout the year, so anything you can do to lower these bills will leave more money in your pocket.
Here is what you can do to save on heating costs this winter:
- Tighten up your house. If you have doors and windows that are leaking air, apply fresh weatherstripping and use exterior caulk around the window frames. Door sweeps or draft blockers stop drafts from coming indoors.
- Pay attention to your windows. If your home has single-pane windows, you lose a lot of heat through transference from the glass. Stop it by using a clear plastic window kit that leaves your view intact. The sun will still shine indoors, passively warming your home. Pull the drapes at night or hang blankets over the windows when the weather is exceptionally cold.
- Use your ventilating fans wisely. Although they’re small, they can exhaust a lot of heat from your house.
- Turn down the thermostat when you leave your home or sleep. Each degree you turn it down can save one percent off your heating costs. It’s easy to forget to change the thermostat, but installing a programmable unit will do the work for you. When you are home, dress in light layers to retain your body heat.
- Keep closet and cabinet doors closed. This applies primarily to those closet and cabinet doors that sit on exterior walls. Not only will you block colder air seeping in from outdoors, but you also won’t have to heat those spaces.
- Have your heating system serviced before the season begins. When HVAC professionals tune up your system, they go through the entire system, cleaning the parts and adjusting them as closely as they can to factory standards. They will also check your ductwork. Leaks or problems increase your heating bills and can bring carbon monoxide into your home.
- Check, clean or change your filter for the blower monthly. When it’s dirty, your system loses efficiency rapidly.
If you’d like to learn more about reducing your heating costs this winter, contact Reliance Home Comfort today. We have been providing residents across Ontario with HVAC services since 1999.