Tips to keep your home warmer during the winter months.
CT winters can get bitterly cold, making it challenging to keep your home as warm as possible while doing your best to save money on heating costs.
To help you do that, we’ve put together this list of steps that you can use to make sure that your home is insulated properly and keep you warmer this winter than ever before.
- Use large rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting to increase your home’s insulation capabilities. These will keep floors warmer than hard floor coverings like wood or tile, help prevent your heating system working harder to heat rooms and provide a warmer surface to walk on all winter.
- Thick curtains or drapes covering windows in rooms throughout the home prevents heat from escaping and keeps your home warmer.
- Block gaps throughout your home where heat can escape. The attic is one of the most overlooked but important areas to ensure that all gaps are covered or sealed.
- However, by installing door bottom seals, putting plastic over windowsills or taping around older window frames, sealing these gaps will help keep heat inside your home. For a more complete solution to blocking gaps, have your home inspected by a professional who may also find areas that are not visible or obvious.
A home energy audit can reveal even more ways to ensure that your home stays warmer in the winter months. An energy audit professional will work with you to provide the best solutions for these most common problems that cause heat to escape the home:
- Have an older boiler or furnace? If so, it may not be running at maximum efficiency, could need major repairs or even replacement sooner rather than later. A new or properly maintained boiler or furnace will run at peak efficiency and help you save on heating costs in the winter months.
- Does your home feel colder than normal? Your thermostat may not be sending the correct signal to your boiler or furnace. Since thermostats are mechanical and electronic instruments, it’s advisable to have a heating expert decide if your thermostat is functioning optimally.
- Are your heating system filters clean and fitted properly? Ensuring that filters in ductwork throughout home heating systems are not clogged, which prevents the system from ventilating heat properly, and can lead to colder temperatures throughout your home. Home heating professionals may suggest replacing filters and having them installed by a trained technician to maximize your heating system’s performance and efficiency.
- Make sure that dampers are in good working order. Dampers control air flow through your home heating system’s duct work. Better airflow from the heating source increases temperatures throughout the home, while less airflow lowers temperatures. Home heating professionals can either repair or install dampers to make sure that this system is running effectively to keep your home warm.
- Have a fireplace and chimney in your home? When not in use, they can be the cause of a large amount of heat loss. Installing fireplace plugs and making sure that fireplace caps are fitted to chimney top will help prevent heat escaping your home. And, always have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually by professionals.
You can always rely on Hoffman Energy team for everything to help you keep your home warmer this winter and save on energy costs. Think you could benefit from a home energy audit? Our licensed professionals are ready to help consult with you to make your home more energy-efficient and help you save on energy costs. Want to make an appointment, need any help or further information, just give us a call today!