While summer might not seem the most natural time to be thinking about cold weather, being prepared for the season to come is always a good idea. For many homeowners, summer is the ideal time to take care of any home repair issues that may only come up in the colder months. Getting a new furnace, or servicing an old one is often less expensive in the summer, and it’s an ideal time to conduct any repairs to ensure the home is warm and running smoothly for the rest of the year.
From radiators to space heaters, there are plenty of ways to keep a house warm in the winter, but it’s important to ensure that any heat source is being used efficiently and economically. It’s a good idea to keep track of the bills in the summer months and compare them to those of winter as heating bills have a habit of becoming exorbitantly expensive when the mercury drops. Here are a few great ways to keep a warm and toasty home without paying tons of cold hard cash.
Replace Worn Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping around doors and windows can suffer from the wear and tear of everyday life. According to the professionals at Sound Renovation, “Windows that are not properly seated, sealed or trimmed can leak air through small gaps and cracks in the surround.” Leaks around windows and doors are responsible for approximately 10% of a home’s heat loss in winter. Many homeowners will react to these drafts by turning up the furnace, making it work harder and increasing the energy used (and money spent) to balance the drafts. Caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows is an effective (and easy) way to cut down on drafts and save quite a bit of money on home heating bills.
Use Radiators and Space Heaters
Radiators and space heaters offer great control when it comes to keep things cosy. Instead of having heat pumping through an entire house into unoccupied rooms, localised heat sources like adjustable radiators and portable space heaters allow the heat to go where the people are. Turning down a furnace, or simply controlling how much heat is being released from a radiator can save hundreds over the winter months. Space heaters allow flexibility and economy as they cost significantly less to run than a furnace.
Seal The Sockets
Electrical boxes might not seem like they would be of any consequence when it comes to energy savings but they can be an important area to take note of. Electrical boxes are notoriously drafty because the insulation that sits behind them in the wall is often installed incorrectly which means air flows freely around and leaks into (and out of) the fixture. Fill up small gaps around the boxes with acrylic latex caulk to seal any existing or potential leaks and use foam sealant for larger gaps. After the leaks have been addressed, place a foam gasket over the outlet or switch to replace the cover plate. The result may seem aesthetically inconsequential but the cost savings will be substantial.