Winter Is Coming! Best Tips To Reduce Your Home's Heating Bills

Posted on: 16 July 2017

The blazing heat of summer can make it difficult to think ahead to winter, but for homeowners who want to enjoy lower heating bills in 2018, there is no better time. In fact, taking the time to make simple changes and upgrades to your home during the summer months can make it feel warmer and more comfortable in winter, due to less heat loss. If you are concerned about next winter's heating bills and would like to do something to reduce them, this information will help you get results:

Look for air leaks that allow expensive heated air to escape in winter

Summer is the most physically comfortable time to look for air leaks that allow heated (or cooled) air to escape. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to go into the attic early in the morning when the sun is just coming up and the interior of the space is still fairly dark.

Leaving the lights off, look at each attic wall, as well as around vents, to see any cracks or holes that let daylight into the space. Seal these holes with spray insulation or caulking. In addition to stopping air leaks, sealing these openings will also help to eliminate potential entry areas for ants, roaches, spiders, and other pests. 

Checking around the edges of windows and doors by holding a lighted candle near the seams is another good way to check for air loss. If air is moving through these areas, the candle flame will flicker to illustrate the movement. When using this method, always make sure to keep curtains, blinds, and other flammable materials well away from the candle flame. 

If air leakage is indicated, seal these areas with caulk or foam insulation. If that is not possible, consider installing window coverings that offer insulation value to cut down on this type of air loss. 

Install a programmable thermostat and set it to reflect your family's schedule

Installing a programmable thermostat and setting it to reduce heating (and cooling) demand during the hours the family is out of the home or asleep is an energy saving addition to your home that will help reduce heating and cooling bills for years to come. 

In addition to this improvement, summer is also the very best time to have your heating and cooling system serviced and evaluated to make sure it is operating at peak efficiency. 

In addition to the tips listed above, homeowners who use propane as heating fuel should consider having their tanks topped off during the summer months when lower demand allows delivery companies to offer lower prices per gallon to their customers.

Contact a residential heating company for more information and assistance.