One of the burdens of winter is higher energy bills from running the heat. If you’re wondering how you can heat your home efficiently and keep your home comfortable while saving money, here are four questions to ask.
Is There Enough Insulation to Heat Your Home Efficiently?
If your home just doesn’t get or stay warm even when you are running the heat, the insulation in your house might no longer be effective. Over time, the insulation in the attic, basement, crawlspace, and even behind the walls can deteriorate.
You can access all of these areas to check the insulation, except behind the drywall. You’ll need to hire a home inspector with an infrared camera to assess the condition of the insulation behind the walls. Adding more insulation will help to heat your home efficiently.
How Airtight is the House?
Newer homes tend to be more well-sealed than older ones because the windows, doors, and weatherstripping are all new. Older homes develop gaps around the window frames and the weatherstripping on doors can become worn and ineffective over time.
Go around your home and inspect the doors and windows. Apply adhesive weatherstripping and caulk around doors and windows to make them airtight so your home stays warmer.
When Was the Last Time the HVAC Was Serviced?
If your HVAC system has not been serviced in a while, it’s likely not running as efficiently as it could. Regular HVAC servicing by a professional optimizes the system’s performance. The technician will change the filter, clean the components, and address any issues that should be fixed.
Are You Using Sunlight to Heat Your Home Efficiently?
The sunlight that shines in your windows provides radiant heat for your home. However, if your curtains are kept closed throughout the day, you are not using sunlight to your advantage. Open the drapes while the sun is shining brightly, then close them at night to insulate the windows.