Is Your Home Heating System Wasting Money?
The price of heating your home accounts for more than 40% of your energy bill, according to the Energy Information Administration. Heating costs can be even higher when your home lacks the proper insulation or sealing and the cold creeps in—and your pricey heat creeps out. Some of the best ways to save money on heating your home involve ensuring the whole structure is sealed tightly and you have proper, holistic insulation. Here’s what you can do to prevent heat loss and save energy in your home this winter:
- Improve your home’s insulation. Either install more insulation or ensure there are no gaps in existing insulation, especially your attic or loft spaces. A standard home needs at least 11 inches of rock wool or 8 inches of cellulose insulation to keep the heat inside effectively.
- Seal drafty windows and doors. Check your home for drafts and use caulking or weather stripping to stop heat leaks.
- Have your home’s ductwork sealed by a professional. If your ducts are leaking, you’re losing heat and wasting money. An HVAC contractor can point out where your ducts need repair.
- Install heavy drapes. Purchasing and installing heavy drapes is low-cost method of insulating your home. Heavy drapes help to block wind that may seep through the cracks of your window. Dark drapes absorb sunlight and help to keep heat in a room.
Stack Heating, Cooling & Electric has been serving the greater Cleveland area since 1976. We value our customer relationships and look forward to working with you! Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with a professional local electrician or HVAC contractor.