Cooler weather isn’t the only change that comes with fall. It also may bring increased
home energy costs. There are steps that you can take which will help you save money
during the cooler months. It is always better to start making changes to your home
before it gets frigidly cold, so that you can take full advantage of the savings.
Here are 5 possible causes of increased heating costs and ways that you can stop
1) Check for leaks
Cold air can leak into your house through windows, doors and heating ducts. Leaks
not only let cooler air into your house, but force your heater or furnace to work
harder to heat the home. Make sure that there are no drafts coming into your house
by holding your hand next to places that may not be properly sealed.
- Replace windows. This may be costly. If you are able to replace the windows, make
sure that you get windows that come weather sealed and fit perfectly into place.
- Weather strip the sides of the windows. Using rope caulk in the windows is easy
and effective. The caulk goes seamlessly into creases and can be removed at the
end of the winter season.
- Use shrink film in the cracks. Shrink film seals off windows and helps prevent drafts. Apply it with tape or use a blow dryer to seal it into place.
- Nail polish is for more than pretty nails. Nail polish is a cheap and temporary solution to solving your window needs. Apply a thick coat of clear nail polish on places that have small or minor leaks. This will limit the drafts into the home until a better and more long term solution can be used.
- Thoroughly clean and examine heating ducts. If there are any cracks or small holes, apply a long term sealant. A strong sealant will help to bring the duct back together until they can be replaced. Never use tape because the adhesive can become weak and the tape can fall off.
- Cover the cracks. Caulk can be used to cover cracks in heating ducts. Apply a small
amount of caulk and use a putty knife to smooth it over the crack or tear.
2) Check the fireplace
A fireplace is a welcome addition to any home, especially in colder months, but
not closing the flue of the fireplace can lead to an increase of cooler air and
increased costs for your family.
- Close the flue. After you have used the fireplace and made sure that the flame is
completely out, simply close the flue.
3) Check the insulation
Insulation in old homes, in particular the attic, may not have been installed properly.
Cold air can leak into the house from the attic causing higher energy costs.
- Perform research to find out how much insulation is needed for a home your size
and buy accordingly.
- Weather strip and seal the door to your attic to prevent and stop any leaks. Seal the holes from the attic into the house to prevent cool drafts.