With rising costs on everything from food to gas, looking for opportunities to save money on household expenses is a worthwhile endeavour. There are easy ways you can save on your home heating bill for both gas and electricity. While it’s still fall, here’s how to get ready for when the temperatures drop.
A furnace that gets plenty of TLC is going to love you for a long time. Book an HVAC expert through Fast Task to do regular maintenance and cleaning to keep it running in tip-top shape. All you should have to do is change the filter every three months.
Install a programmable thermostat
No matter how complicated your family’s schedule, a programmable thermostat has numerous settings for every day and time of the week. Many thermostats are now easier to use so you can ‘set it and forget it’ or easily switch to a manual setting if your schedule changes. Some thermostats can also be controlled from a smart phone for when you’re not home.
Check insulation in the attack
How old is the insulation in your attic? Do you know its R-value? The higher the R-value usually means the better the insulation. A general rule is to choose insulation with a rating of about R-30 to R-49. However, this is entirely dependent on the particular micro-climate of where you live. Book a Fast Task Expert who has experience in attic insulation and they can advise you of what’s best. There are roll-on, blown-in and spray-foam insulation options. Also call your utility company and ask if they offer any special rebates for upgrading your insulation.
Close your chimney flue
An open chimney flue is like having an open window, so be sure to close the flue when you’re not using the fireplace. Also have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned by a Fast Task Expert so there’s no soot or other build-up that could start a chimney fire. Have your chimney cleaned every 40 fires.
Install or re-direct ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are a great way to keep air circulating and directing air to where you want it to be. Have the blades turning in the direction that drives warm air that rises to the ceiling, back down into the room.
Keep vents clear
Floor space is often at a premium, but blocked vents will make rooms cold. Consider better storage or furniture placement if the vent keeps getting covered up by shoes, clothes or other items. Conversely, close vents in rooms that you rarely use to save money.
Weatherstrip windows and doors
Check and replace the seals and weatherstripping on your doors and windows to avoid leaks. Block cold air from coming in and warm air from escaping.
Since moist air retains heat better than dry air, use humidifiers. Just be sure to keep the humidifier really clean for optimum performance and a clean air mist.
Let the sun shine in with window coverings
Let the sun shine in and heat up your rooms. Open the blinds and curtains on the sunny side of your home and enjoy that free solar heat. At night, close your window coverings to add a layer of insulation and conserve what heat you’ve gained during the day.
Use zone heating
Utilize the savings of zone heating by only heating rooms that you use. For example, set your furnace lower for the whole house if you have a gas fireplace in your living room that you’ll be using most of the day. Gas is less expensive than hydro so make the most of a gas fireplace.
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