Are you paying too much to keep your home comfortable during the winter months? There are a number of easy, effective ways to take control of those high energy costs. Here’s how to lower heating bills and improve your home’s overall energy efficiency year round.
Eliminate Air Leaks Around Windows and Doors
If there are cracks in the window caulking and tears in the exterior door weatherstripping, you’ll pay higher energy bills. Check these areas thoroughly, then remove and replace damaged caulking and torn or worn weatherstripping. If you see daylight under an exterior door, adjust the threshold screws to close the gap.
Tighten Up the Envelope
Utility cables, electrical wires, plumbing pipes, HVAC vents and gas lines have to penetrate your home’s envelope, but they’re also significant sources of conditioned air loss. To prevent this, seal them up with caulking or expandable foam. Be sure to strip off any cracked or dried-out old caulking first.
Seal Electrical Boxes on Exterior Walls
If you haven’t taken steps to eliminate drafts around electrical outlets and switches on the exterior walls, you’re wasting energy unnecessarily. To stop costly air leaks, remove each cover and seal inside the box with expandable foam and/or caulking. Before you reinstall the cover, place a foam gasket behind it.
Don’t Forget the Attic Hatch
To minimize heat gains and losses from your living space below, you need to seal and insulate the access hatch as well as the attic itself. Cut batt insulation to fit, install it on the attic side and ensure that the hatch seals snugly. If necessary, add a latch-type bolt to keep it in place.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Switching to a programmable thermostat can cut up to 10 percent from your annual heating and cooling expenses. Once it’s installed, program the thermostat around your usual daily routine. You’ll get the biggest benefit by programming a 10- to 15-degree temperature change for at least eight hours a day.
For more tips on how to lower heating bills in your South Houston or Deer Park area home, contact us at Valderrama A/C & Refrigeration today.
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