Winter heating bills can make a homeowner cringe as soon as the temperatures start to fall. In many cases, homeowners are not preparing properly for the winter season. There are steps you can take to lower your heating bills while keeping your family warm and toasty over the winter months.
Walk around the home and take note of the spaces that have drafts. Much of the heat loss in a home is around door and window frames. If you cannot pinpoint the entrance of the draft, try walking around with a candle very slowly. The flame will flicker, and you can judge the location by the flame’s movement. After locating the drafts and making note of the spots that need to be sealed, use a caulking gun to add caulk to the small cracks and holes around the frames.
Window and Door Protection
Storm windows and doors are an extra bit of glass and added protection against the elements. Instead of one pane of glass protecting your home, there are two. High winds and cold temperatures have a hard time penetrating double protection. Winterizing plastic and weather stripping is great for sealing windows that are not able to keep out cold drafts. It can be attached on the inside of the window and seals the home. It stops the drafts from entering the home, and it keeps the heat from leaving.
At the beginning of the heating season, the homeowner should contact a Toronto heating company to check the heating system for issues. Preventative maintenance can stop costly repairs later in the year when a loss of heat could be dangerous. It’s essential to have regular maintenance because a heating system that is struggling to produce heat will waste energy and cause a high heating bill. Filters should be changed repeatedly throughout the winter months. The air conditioning unit should be winterized for the season too. A Toronto air conditioning company can winterize the air conditioning lines, drain excess water and store hoses.
The attic or upper reaches of the home are often inadequately insulated. Heat rises, so heat rising to an un-insulated attic is escaping out of the home leaving the residents cold. In response to the loss of heat, most homeowners will turn up the thermostat causing more heat to escape. A high heating bill is the result. Before adding insulation, check for drafts and seal them properly. The first step in sealing the attic is not allowing air inside. The second step is not allowing heat to escape. Insulation protects against heat loss.
Even if you missed these preventative steps before winter hit, it’s never too late to winterize the home from escaping heat and start saving money on that heating bill. Doors and windows can be protected from drafts, heating filters can be replaced and drafts can be sealed. You’ll see the difference in the heat level immediately.