Winter is approaching, and we all want to stay warm. If you reside where winters are harsh, you know a lot goes into preparation for the months ahead. Of course, we’ll do the fun stuff like snuggling under a comforter with a cup of hot cocoa. Unfortunately, those things alone won’t do the trick. For many people, central heating systems are essential to getting through the winter comfortably. More than 70 percent of energy consumption is spent on keeping your home warm during the harsh winter months. That type of energy is expensive, but there are ways to cut your winter costs. Here is ten easy tips from Express Plumbing and Heating, a Red Deer AB furnace company, and Tuitools, a BC furnace reviews website to keep your house cozy while reducing your winter expenses.
Closing your curtains when it turns dark outside can make a significant difference. By closing your curtains, you are adding an extra layer of insulation. At a low cost, you can purchase energy-efficient thermal curtains. Grab a few area rugs while you’re at it; this is an excellent way to warm a room. If you want to take it up a notch, you can purchase a roll of bubble wrap to put over your windows. For people who don’t want to spoil their view, 3M has a window insulation kit for under $20.
You could save money and oil if you turn your boiler on 30 minutes before you need it, at a lower temperature rather than right when you need it at a higher temperature. Your boiler heats up at the same speed regardless of what temperature you set it at. Try to be smart about your schedule and use your timers.
Move Your Furniture
If you have your couch, end table, or curtains directly in front of your radiator, you should move it. Furniture can absorb your heat. By keeping the area around the radiator clear, you allow your heat to circulate throughout the entire area.
Insulation Is Your Friend
You can easily save heat by installing loft insulation. Another idea, although more expensive, is to consider insulating your walls, because a lot of heat escapes through your walls. You can even insulate your outlets with foam insulator pads. Ask your energy supplier how much you could save a year by installing insulation.
Wrap Your Tank
Keeping your water tank warm with insulation will keep the water warmer longer. You can find a water tank jacket for less than $20 at your local hardware store. You could save up to $185 a year by doing this.
Turn it Down
It is recommended that you keep your dial at 61°F. Keeping your home at this low but comfortable temperature is said to cut your heating bill by 10%.
DIY vs. Drafts
Winter is the perfect season for a DIY project. You can keep warmth in your home by just putting pipe insulation on the bottom of your doors creating door draft guards. If you’re feeling creative, you can paint the pipes to match your door or floor. Also, you can apply self-adhesive rubber seals to your windows and doors at very little cost.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves
Homes with heating controls and thermostatic radiator valves are said to save you 40% more than a home without controls. This allows you only to use heat when you need to. It’s worth getting one of the new models that can be controlled by your mobile device. You can make your heat work around your schedule. There is no point in having the heat pumping all day if you won’t be home. You can set the valves to turn on the heat 30 minutes before you arrive. That’s plenty of time for your home to reach a comfortable temperature.
Yes, boilers are expensive, but if your boiler is ten years or older, you need a new one. It will save you more money in the long run. Not only will you be calling your boiler repairman a lot less, but the latest boiler models use less energy without skimping on your heat.
You want a warm room, not a hot wall. Invest a small amount in some radiator panels. Not only are they cheap, but they are easy to install. They stop the heat from going through your walls and instead reflect the heat into your room.