Finding Out If Your Home Needs Insulation
The first sign that you may need additional insulation or address existing issues is an increase of your heating costs during cold weather. Given the importance of proper home insulation, below are a few easy tips every homeowner can benefit from in reducing heating costs.
1. Adjusting Doorsteps
An obvious sign that your home needs attention is if there’s any daylight coming from under the front door. If so, then it’s most likely that you are already losing some of the indoor air you have paid for. The gap between the door and the doorstep threshold can be eliminated by adjusting the height of the door. This can be easily done by fixing the three or four screws attached to the threshold. The screws can be turned counterclockwise to raise the doorsill until the daylight is nearly invisible. If there’s only a small beam of light coming through, that’s fine. One side note, be careful not raise the doorstep so much that it obstructs the door from properly working.
2. Sealing Air Leaks
Air leaks in your duct work are extremely common in the basement and attics. To find out if you have such issues in your home, it is best to call for a professional to check the ductwork in the attic and basement. Generally, a house can lose up to 30% of the it’s heating capacity through poorly connected ducts from the furnace to the internal heating ductwork. This obviously results in wasted heat and higher bills. If the ducts are rather easily accessible for the homeowner, they can seal the faulty ducts with a tape specifically designed for such repairs.
Worn out weather-stripping around the doors and windows produce drafts and gaps that let in cold air. Around 12% of an average home’s heat is lost due to inefficient weather-stripping. As the cold air keeps finding its way inside the home, your furnace will increase its output maintain the desired temperature resulting in increased energy costs. Unlike a few other home insulation measures, weather-stripping only needs to be done once in a few years depending on its condition.
4. Thermostat Upgrade
Accurately programming thermostats are a proven way of saving heating costs. By just reducing the temperature when you’re either not home or sleeping can cut around 12% of your hearting expenses. The temperature should be ideally reduced by around 10 to 15 degrees. But making sure that you adjust the room temperature each time you leave the house can be quite inconvenient. To solve this problem there are many programmable thermostats available across cities like Cedarburg, Mequon and Grafton which are very cost effective.
5. Furnace Tune Up
Another efficient way of saving heating costs is an annual furnace tune up. Preventive maintenance is essential to saving thousands on expensive repairs or replacement of your current furnace, as well as saving on heating costs over the winter. Most service calls on your furnace will around $75-$100 dollars plus parts & can be easily avoided by proper maintenance. There is also a health issue you may what to consider, Gas furnaces not properly maintained can leak carbon monoxide gas that could severely harm you & your family. The experts at Temperature Milwaukee located in Cedarburg offer annual maintenance programs for your furnace that will save you money & help keep your family safe
6. Plastic Coating Windows and Doors
Open and misbalanced windows account for up to 20% of the overall heat loss in homes. Covering these windows with a transparent plastic coating can largely reduce this loss. Not only windows but patio doors are also responsible for heat loss from homes and need to be plastic covered as well if you suspect heat loss. The windows and doors can be insulated by using a 62×84 inches transparent film. Since the material is clear and hardly noticeable, the appearance the overall home decorations will hardly be noticeable. Around 15% of you heating bill can be saved by covering the windows and backyard doors.
7. Buying a Portable Heater
If your current furnace is in a very bad shape and requires constant renovation which you may not be able to afford, it’s suggested you purchase a portable electrical heater. These heaters consume little power that saves on heating expenses, are relatively cheap, and will producing adequate heat in a medium size room.
Some home insulation remedies are an easy fix, some are not. The tips provided above can be a quick fix in lower heating costs done by the homeowner. However, if the furnace itself is the issue for higher heating costs, call a professional. The work will be done right, ensuring lower cheating costs and keeping your family safe.
About Temperature Milwaukee in Cedarburg:
TemperaturePro is your full-service in-home heating and cooling provider. Whether you need a new unit installed or your current unit repaired and maintained, our certified HVAC technicians can do it all. An HVAC system is an important investment that will impact your life for years to come. It’s important to protect that investment, and TemperaturePro does it better than anyone in the business. We provide quality HVAC services at a great cost!
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