For most of us, the sole idea that winter is coming in a few months sends a chill down the spine. And no, it’s not because of the temperatures! It’s because this also means we’ll have to pay more on heating the house.
If you are in such a situation, and you dread the thought of high heating bills, it’s time to start thinking outside the box. There are many clever ways to keep the bills in balance during the winter, and you don’t even have to invest that much. So let’s take a look at how you can keep your house spending under control.
Identify and eliminate all drafts
Where there’s a draft, the heat is not kept inside as it should. Besides the heat leakage, you also could get extra humidity which, in time, could translate into mold forming on your walls or around windows. This further leads to health problems, and the chain could go on. So, the very first thing you have to do is identify all the air leaks in the house.
The most common places where it’s most likely to get a draft are as follows:
- Door thresholds – if you can see light from outside under the door, then it means that all the heat will go right out through that small gap. In time, thresholds subside but you should have a way to adjust their height. So, if you see a gap, make sure to lift the thresholds just enough to cover it.
- Worn weather-stripping – doors and windows are the ones generating the most draft-related issues in a home. That’s why they are equipped with weather-stripping that should fill in the gaps that show up with time. However, you should check it every year to make sure it’s in good condition.
- Electrical boxes and outlets – these are also draft culprits, especially when installed in the exterior walls.
Think twice when selecting windows and doors
When you build the house, you are tempted to save wherever you can, but windows and doors are not the ones to be cheap about! If you don’t want to be sorry later, you must consider the best models on the market. For instance, modern windows are designed to save energy and allow as much natural light inside the house. Even more, most of the new models also support noise isolation which may come in handy if you live in a neighborhood with many young children. With such a model you’ll manage to keep the noise outside and the heat inside regardless of the situation.
Inspect the outside of the house
If you managed to cover drafts and your windows are designed to save energy, then the problem may be with the house insulation. For instance, if the attic is not properly insulated, all the hot air will escape through there. Even more, you should also consider insulating the attic door.
Finally, you should inspect the air ducts as these tend to get pulled apart at corners. Like every type of installation, this one also needs constant maintenance so make sure to check everything up before winter sets in.
In the end, it all comes to preparedness. The house and all the installations should be checked out thoroughly before winter sets in. And now, that you managed to save all that money that used to go on heating bills, you have enough to take that winter trip you wanted. As you can see, this is a win-win