Wintry weather in Newnan, GA, can send your heating bills soaring and leave you wondering if you need to make major upgrades to your home in order to rein in costs. Fortunately, any improvement that allows your heater to run less often can help lower your energy bills. You may be surprised at the significant difference that a few changes can make when it comes to your household energy expenses. The following inexpensive home improvements are among the easiest to implement.
Seal Up Drafty Windows
Poorly insulated or drafty windows can account for as much as 25 of your heating costs. If a window rattles when you touch it, chances are that it’s driving up your energy bills. Follow these steps to make them air-tight:
- While outside your home, check every point where the window’s casing comes into contact with your home’s siding. Scrape out any cracked caulk and fill the gaps with a new line of latex caulk, which can be sanded and painted.
- Indoors, apply foam-backed weatherstripping to the bottom of the sash, the back of the bottom sash and in between the window jamb and the sash stiles.
- Keep curtains open during sunny days to let solar heat inside, but make sure to close them early in the evening to retain the heat.
Fix Air Leaks in Exterior Walls
Leaks and gaps around any fixture that passes through the exterior walls of your home, including plumbing pipes, gas lines and vents, can allow cold outside air into your home and let heated air leak out. Seal them up using a can of polyurethane expandable spray foam. If sealing up gaps around a chimney, make sure that the foam sealant is approved for use in high temperatures.
Insulate Your Attic Hatch
In many homes, the opening to the attic is covered with a thin piece of wood. That may make it easier to access the space, but it makes it easier for heat to escape into the attic, too. Cover the back of the hatch with rigid foam insulation. For attics with pull-down stairs, install a prefabricated attic-stair covering made with insulated fabric.
Schedule Heater Maintenance
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring your heater until it malfunctions or breaks down and you’re faced with a costly repair or replacement. Preventive maintenance helps ensure that your heater is operating at peak energy efficiency, which not only saves you money but improves performance, too. A study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that regular heater maintenance lowers energy bills by as much as 20 percent. A properly maintained heating system lasts longer too, offering you additional savings down the line.
At Airforce Heating and Air, we offer preventive maintenance programs that make it easy and convenient to make sure that your heater always operates at optimal efficiency. Signing up with our Airforce Energy Saving Agreement (ESA) qualifies you for a 10-percent discount on any needed repairs too. To learn about more money-saving tips or to schedule service, contact our heating and cooling experts today.