|With the price of oil so high this year, the threat of high
home heating bills is something we are all concerned about.
Whether you heat with propane, gas, oil or electric, there are
steps you can take to help lower your heating bills and put some
money back into your bank account.
Here are 10 things you can
do right now to help lower your heat costs this winter:
1. Check Your Insulation. If you haven‘t looked in
your attic lately (or ever!) then get up there and take a look
around to make sure the insulation is in good condition. Make
sure there are enough air pockets to trap cold air. Old
insulation can become brittle and ineffective so if your
insulation is not doing the job it might be worth the time and
energy to replace it.
2. Check Your Windows. You can lose a lot of heat through
the cracks around your windows and the windows themselves. Check
each window and make sure it is well sealed. You can buy kits
that will help you test this. Be sure to caulk and seal around
windows where you find leaks, and replace any interior seals
that are damaged. If your windows are old, it might be worth the
money in the long run to replace them with new triple pane
3. Weather Proof Your Entryways. Along with the windows,
check your doors for drafts. Using wearther stripping around the
doors will help keep your heat from leaking out and the cold
from getting in.
4. Get a Ceiling Fan. Just like you learned in 4th grade
- heat rises so you want to keep the warm air down in the room,
especially if you have high ceilings. Most ceiling fans have a
switch to reverse the direction so you can use them for cooling
in the summer and pushing hot air down in the winter. Be sure
you run it in the right direction or you might end up with cold
air in the winter and warm in the summer!
5. Shut Off Unused Rooms. If you have a room or rooms
that you don‘t use, them keep the doors shut. Try to remember to
shut doors if you will be in the room for a long time. Rooms
which are used only sometimes will have the door fanned which
allows cold air to escape into your others rooms. This, in turn,
will make your furnace work harder and increase your heating
6. Let The Sun Shine In. On sunny days, open your
curtains and mini blinds but make sure you close them when
darkness falls or on cloudy days. Getting insulated curtains can
help keep out drafts from around the windows.
7. Get A Door Alignment. Over time, doors can sag and get
out of alignment. Take a good look at your doors to see if they
still fit in the casing properly. If they don‘t then adjust them
for a tight fit.
8. Have Your Furnace Checked. Spend the money to have a
professional heating contractor give your furnace a checkup
to be sure it is working at peak performance. This is important
not only from a cost perspective but also from a safety
perspective. A system that is not running as efficiently as it
can will cost you money in heating bills so the money to have it
inspected will be well spent.
9. Air Filter. Air filters can get clogged with ends up
costing you money in fuel - it causes your heating system to run
inefficiently and can be a safety hazard. Changing out the
filter once a year is a good idea and something you can do
yourself with minimal cost.
10. Close Your House Vents. House vents allow circulation
of air during the warmer months but it’s a good idea to close
them at the end of fall before the real cold weather comes. Cold
air seeping in can drive up heating costs and make your house
If you are looking for the best heating contractor in the
North Andover area then please call us today at
978-664-5596 or complete our
service request form.
"...really great service. Your crew went right to work
and repaired the problem others had missed, (but charged
me for!) I was happy with your work and my system works
better than ever." - Alice
Mulvehill, North Reading, MA