As the temperature drops, it is important to take a few steps to ensure your home is airtight and stays warm and cozy throughout the winter. Each of the four areas below can impact energy efficiency and home heating costs.
- Install clear plastic insulating film on all windows to reduce heat loss. This film is inexpensive, easy to install, and peels off easily in the spring.
- Seal any cracks around window frames with caulk. Also be sure to remove and replace old worn caulk as you can lose valuable heat through these cracks.
- Weatherstripping works wonders to seal cracks along the door, but only if it’s intact. It can easily get worn and leave gaps. Make sure to replace any worn weatherstripping, or install new in areas that don’t have any.
- Adjust the threshold if there’s a gap between the floor and the bottom of the door by loosening the screws on the threshold.
In addition to always making sure the chimney flue is closed when not in use, you can purchase a chimney balloon. This helps seal up the chimney so you don’t have to worry about losing warm air out of it.
An adjustable thermostat is a great way to control energy costs throughout the year. Set the temperature higher and lower at different times throughout the day, including when you’re not home.
When you want to make your home as energy efficient as possible, consider a home energy audit. An HVAC technician will evaluate your entire home, from the attic insulation all the way down to basement windows to give you a comprehensive report on how to maximize your energy efficiency.
Contact Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing today for questions with how to lower heating costs in your Mount Pleasant area home. Our expert HVAC proffesionals have been providing world class service to the Mount Pleasant and Titus County areas for over 57 years.