Ideas to Help Keep Energy Costs Low This Winter
Keeping your Savannah, GA home warm in winter can be a costly proposition. That’s why anything you can do to reduce energy use will pay off. Here are a few smart strategies for using less energy and seeing a lower balance on your utility bills this winter:
Reduce Heating Losses Through Weatherization
Your first line of defense against the heating losses that are almost like throwing money out the window is weatherization. Since heat always flows from a warmer to a cooler space, it’s important to secure the areas where the heat you’re paying for escapes from your home. The two most significant places this occurs are via air spaces and inadequately insulated walls, floors and ceilings. Addressing these issues will help minimize heating losses, keeping your fuel bills down and making your home more comfortable in winter.
Method 1: Air Sealing by Caulking & Weatherstripping
Air sealing helps to reduce the amount of warm air that’s lost through the various air spaces in your home. The two easiest and most effective ways to do this involve caulking and weatherstripping. Some key places to caulk or weatherstrip follow:
- Around doors and windows
- Around door and window frames
- At entry points for pipes and wiring
- Around air duct openings
The U.S. Dept. of Energy provides more detailed information on air sealing your home.
Method 2: Upgrading Your Home’s Insulation
It’s also important to make sure your home is adequately insulated to minimize the thermal losses that occur through conduction, or the passage of heat through solid objects such as your exterior walls, floors and ceilings. Have your insulation checked and upgraded if your heating bills are unusually high or your home feels cold in winter, as this could mean heat is being lost to unheated areas such as your basement, attic or garage — as well as to the outdoors.
Let the heating experts at Bolton Air help you make the most of your heating dollar this winter. Call us at 912-661-6403.