If you recently moved into a home you purchased among St. Albert real estate or live anywhere else where winter temperatures are often well below freezing, keeping your home warm without having to pay exorbitant heating bills can be a struggle.
Fortunately there are some easy things to do that can help so that you don’t have to keep turning that thermostat up and gasping everytime that bill arrives.
Take Advantage of Sunlight
Heat from the sun is free so you might as well make the most of it by keeping your blinds or curtains open during the day, letting in as much sunlight as possible. When it gets dark, shut them to provide another layer of insulation. Be sure there aren’t any gaps so you can keep as much warm air in and cold air out while reducing any condensation.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat will allow you to preset temperatures for various times of the day so you don’t have to keep your home at 68 degrees 24/7. It can be a significant money saver, with studies revealing that they can save an average of 10 to 12 percent on heating costs. Plus they make it a breeze to set your home to warm up so you don’t have to come back to a chilly house. Choose a setting at the low end when you’re sleeping, it’s better for your sleep and your wallet.
Use Duct Booster Fans
Homes using forced-air heat can take advantage of duct booster fans which are available in several different types. They help to boost the flow of warm air through ducts in a room or rooms that get extra chilly. There are in-line duct booster fans which fit in standard metal ducts that sense air pressure from your furnace and trigger the booster fan when your furnace blower turns on. Some are really easy to use simply by plugging into an outlet. Register booster fans are super easy to install, sitting on top of or replacing a wall or floor register grille and plugging into an outlet. The thermostat is built in and switches on when the furnace is operating.
Leave the Oven Door Open
When it’s cold out, warm foods are comforting which is why many of us tend to bake more. It will help keep your home warmer too. You can keep taking advantage of the heat by leaving the door open whenever you’ve finished baking. The hot air will flow into the kitchen, making at least that room toasty warm. Don’t leave the oven on, however, especially if it’s a gas oven as it emits high levels of carbon monoxide. Obviously if small children are around, this isn’t the best idea unless your kitchen can be securely closed.
A lot of warm air can be lost through even tiny open areas like doggy doors and mail slots. Keep them covered if possible, using an old towel or blanket, especially when temperatures drop dramatically. If there are any gaps beneath doors, even as much as an eighth of an inch can let in a significant amount of cold air. Seal any cracks with caulk and install weatherstripping around moving parts of windows and doors. If you have any doors that are causing big heat losses, you might want to replace them with one that’s more insulating, with steel and fiberglass the best choice.