During the winter season, one thing that all of us want is to make sure that the rooms in our house are nice and warm. Yet sometimes, despite our best efforts, it can sometimes seem like our energy bills are only continuing to rise. In most cases, this is due to the fact that we are losing heat which results in us turning up our thermostat and spending more money to stay warm in the process.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are actually some things that you can do that will help to crack down on the heat loss that your house may be experiencing. If you’d like some tips on how to get to the root of your escaping heat and then solve the issue at the same time, we’ve provided you with five failsafe ways below:
Conduct an energy audit. One of the first things that you should do in order to figure out what’s causing you to lose heat is to conduct an energy audit. That will help to show you things like if you have cracks along your windowsills or doors or even if some of your appliances are malfunctioning. One website that will walk you through how to do one yourself is Energy.gov. Just go to the website and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Check your insulation. Something that can result in you not being able to keep the rooms in your house as warm as you’d like them to be is having missing or torn insulation. According to most energy experts, you need to have insulation (especially in your attic) that is at least 12″ thick and preferably made out of an eco-friendly material like fiberglass or aerogel.
Change your window treatments. One place where cool air definitely does its best to try and come in is through the windows of a house. However, aside from checking for cracks along the windows and then covering them up with caulking, something else that you can do is put up some thermal curtains. They are specifically designed to keep warm air inside while preventing the outside cold air from infiltrating the rooms of your home. (Another tip is to put some bubble wrap along your windows. It’s a cheap way to provide extra insulation to your windows.)
Close the rooms you’re not using. If you happen to live in a larger home, something else that you can do to keep certain rooms warmer is to close off the rooms that you are not currently using. You can either do this by simply closing their doors, although it’s actually more effectively to shut the vents instead.
Choose to maintain your HVAC unit and water heater. When it comes to dealing with signs of heat loss problems , a huge cause for many houses is when the HVAC unit or water heater is not working as well as it should. In order to make sure that yours is in peak condition, it’s important to have a licensed technician check both out twice a year; preferably in the spring and in the fall. For information on how to safely troubleshoot your unit and heater in between inspections, visit HomeRepair.About.com and put “troubleshooting a central air conditioning system” in the search field for HVAC units and go to Water-Heater-Repair-Guide.com and put “hot water troubleshooting issues” in the search field for water heaters.