Posted on: 3 January 2017Share
During the cold winter months, you will likely experience a significant increase in your home's energy expenses. While your heating system can be a major energy user, it is essential for protecting your family against the winter cold. Luckily, you may be able to reduce your energy expenses by taking several commonly overlooked steps that can greatly boost the performance of your heating system.
Service Your Heating Unit
The most important step for improving the performance of your heating system is to have it serviced by a professional prior to the start of each winter. These services will remove dust, soot, and other materials that could limit airflow or reduce the efficiency of your burner. By taking an afternoon to have your heating system fully serviced, you can enjoy financial savings and enhanced comfort throughout the winter months.
Take Advantage Of The Sunlight
The sun can be an excellent source of free heat during the frigid months. However, the sun will not be able to heat your home's interior if you do not leave your window blinds and shades open. Furthermore, you may want to remove any window tints so that the sun's full light can enter your home and provide heat. You will be able to enhance these benefits by upgrading to insulated glass for your windows as this will greatly reduce the convective cooling caused by the cold air being in contact with the glass. Furthermore, the installation of skylights can greatly increase the amount of heat that your home receives from the sun. If you are worried about these skylights making your house hot during the summer, there are covers that can easily be put in place to block the sun on hot days.
Look For Exterior Gaps And Holes
Over the course of time, there can be a number of small gaps and holes that form in your home's exterior. Often, these can occur from the siding or paneling settling, erosion of the soil, and rot. Gaps in the exterior of your home can allow a large amount of cold air into the structure.
Before the winter months arrive, you will want to perform a thorough tour and evaluation of the home's exterior. Whenever gaps are found, you will want to seal them. In most instances, these gaps will be relatively small, which will make it possible to use caulk to close them. However, ensure that you use a caulk that is designed for outdoor use to minimize the wear and tear that the elements can cause to it.