January and February are the coldest months of the year in Lehigh Valley and with them comes the highest heating bills. Not to worry though, with these simple tips you that can lower your heating by 20% or more.
Seal Your Windows:
Windows are a major drain on your heating bill accounting for about 30% of heat lost in a home. Fortunately, you can reclaim some of that heat using plastic film window kits, which generally cost between $5-$20 and are easy to install. Try using an extra layer of bubble wrap between the window and the film for even more savings.
Seal Your Doors:
If you can see light coming through your doors, you are losing heat through them. Some doors have adjustable thresholds that let you lower your heating bill with a turn of a screw— keep adjusting until you no longer see light coming through. If you can’t adjust your threshold, weather strips are another great way to prevent heat loss. Just make sure to periodically check and replace old or worn weather strips.
Plug Holes in Exterior Walls:
Throughout the home, there may be holes in the exterior wall to allow pipes and wires to pass through. Even small holes let a lot of cold air through (not to mention insects and mice), so it’s a good idea to plug them up using expanding foam rather than caulk, as caulk will eventually crack and peal.
Use foam gaskets to insulate electric boxes on exterior walls, otherwise they are a big hole leading straight outside. Gaskets cost about $1, will save you money for as long as you live in the house, and are easy to install using only a screwdriver. Be safe, turn off the circuit before starting work!
Insulate Your Attic:
A well-insulated attic is crucial to creating an energy efficient home and doesn’t require an expert to pull off. While the initial start up cost generally runs between $1.50 and $3.50 per square foot you will save money year after year with a heating bill that is 10-50% lower. Don’t forget to insulate the attic door. Use an adhesive to attach insulation to the attic side of the door and make sure it’s nice and snug to save even more.
Taking these steps will allow you to lower your heating bill and stay comfortable even through the coldest months of the year. Contact the BTU Gurus at MBI Home Comfort to learn more about our heating services or to schedule your HVAC system tune-up anytime at: 610-816-6026.