Homeowners exert much needed effort in looking for the most appropriate home heating system.
Another unavoidable consideration will be the cost tagged along the installation and utilization of the best heating system for your house.
Cutting back unnecessary energy use is an easy way to keep your hard earned money in your pocket. Rather than letting this pass and accepting this annual hit on your wallet –
Below are helpful tips to raise the heat and lower the bills:
- Fill those gaps – You’ve spent money on purchasing the most efficient heating system in the market, so the last thing you want to do is to let that heat seep out. Warmed air leaking out around poorly sealed window frames, power sockets, recessed light fittings, and other gaps is a big source of heat loss in homes. Also, when the wind blows, you can feel drafts from those gaps. Use caulk, foam strips or expanding foam to seal up unwanted holes in your home. Ventilation is important, but you can control it.
- Insulate is the key – Add extra insulation to your home cheaply by layering up mineral wool in your attic as home heating options. Place thick curtains to help insulate glass at windows. If your windows are single-glazed, consider sticking transparent polythene film to your internal window frames to act as super-low-budget double-glazing. If your house is modern and well constructed, its walls, floors, ceilings, and roof will already contain some insulation material.
- Discard and remove thermostats – We understand that some people are cautious in identifying the running temperature inside homes, if you have room thermostats, decide what temperature you want for each room, set them, and then leave them alone. They have one job, so let them do it. Fiddling with them won’t do much besides cost you money. Other than the effort in how to choose the right size hvac system, you may want to consider buying ultra-efficient learning thermostats which automatically track your patterns of temperature preference and auto-adjust accordingly.
- Turn down water heater – Water has a specific heat capacity. To reduce the amount of energy being consumed, turn down the hot water heating systems a little. Many water heaters are factory-set to a 140°F (60°C) default, and reducing the temperature by as little as 10°F (5.5°C) will save you money up to five percent of your water-heating costs.
- Let the sunshine in – Open drapes and curtains and let the sun heat your home for free. This is a natural type of heating method. Open your south-facing curtains at sunrise to make best use of passive solar gain. This works particularly well if your home has stone or concrete floors, as they have a large thermal mass, meaning they soak up a lot of heat and release it slowly.
- Work out and exercise – Working out raises your body temperature by burning calories of heat faster.