It is that time of the year again! Nice cold weather in the Pacific Northwest. Did you know that up to 40% of a home’s heat loss is due to air leakage? Here are some more tips to save money on your heating bill this Fall/Winter season:
Use a programmable thermostat
Program your heater to come on right before you wake up, cool down when you leave for work, warm-up when you return from work and go down again right before you go to bed.
Seal your chimney flue when not in use
Leaving your chimney flue open when not in use is equivalent to a window left several inches open.
Use fans to circulate air
Set your fan on low to circulate air upward toward the ceiling. This will force the warmer air that rises and gets trapped at the ceiling downward, leaving your house feeling warmer.
Keep vents and radiators clear
Ensure your vents/radiators are not blocked by rugs or furniture. This allows the air to circulate freely to get the full benefit of the warm air and puts less strain on the furnace.
Shut interior doors
If the room is not used, why heat it? Shut the doors and close the vent when you are not in the room.
Add insulation to your house
Insulation helps keep the hot air in and the cold air out. This can not only save you money, but it can also be a tax-deductible home improvement which will give you an even better return for your investment! Basement insulation is often overlooked and will help keep your house warmer during winter months.
You don’t have to sacrifice heating your home in order to save money on your heating bill this season. We hope these tips are useful! Want more tips on the home? Let us know!