Winter is probably the hardest season on your wallet. As soon as you get the credit card bill for your gift purchases and winter vacation, the first high heating bill for the year usually follows close behind. To make sure these bills don't bankrupt you, take the following steps to reduce your heating costs as much as possible.
Seal Your Windows and Doors
If you feel a draft around your windows and doors, they're probably not doing much better to keep the cold out than if they were wide open. Each fall, make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed.
Turn on your air conditioner or furnace's fan so air is circulating throughout your home. Feel around your windows and doors to see if air is being sucked in. Then go outside to see if air is being blown out.
If you feel a draft around a window, add more caulk. If you feel a draft around a door, replace the weatherstripping.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Did you know that ceiling fans aren't just for keeping you cool? That little black switch on the middle of your fan can also help keep you warm.
The switch's job is to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. Usually, it blows air down so you feel a breeze that cools you off.
When you reverse the switch, it starts pulling air up. This lifts the cold air near your floor up towards the ceiling.
Because heat rises, the air near your ceiling is warm. The rising cold air pushes the hot air down along your walls. This increases the temperature closer to the ground where you're more likely to feel it.
Add Spray Foam Insulation to Your Attic
The fact that heat rises and cold falls makes your attic the most important thing to think about when you're trying to lower your heating costs. A poorly insulated attic will allow all of your heat to rise right up out of your home and send your heating bills skyrocketing.
If you have a poorly insulated attic, spray foam insulation is a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive fix. A contractor simply runs a hose from a truck up to your attic and blows in more insulation to help keep heat trapped below and to prevent cold attic air from seeping into your ceiling.
Want to learn more ways to beat high winter heating bills? Contact a local construction contractor, like High Country Insulation Inc., today.