According to a recent Consumer Reports article, the average U.S. household spends more than $650 on natural gas used for heating during the winter. Heating your home is a necessity in the Alpharetta, GA area, so it’s only natural that you want to find wallet-friendly ways to keep your home comfortable. See below for 4 tips on how to lower your annual heating costs.
1. Set Your Thermostat Back a Couple Degrees
Most people want to be as comfortable as possible in the wintertime, which is absolutely understandable. However, for every 1 degree you set your thermostat back, you could actually save 1-3% on your annual heating costs. It may mean more blankets on at night, but on the bright side studies have shown you actually get a better night sleep the cooler your sleeping space is!
2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Most homeowners are not aware of this hidden benefit of ceiling fans: they have a reverse switch on the main compartment. When you use your heating system, the hot air rises to the ceiling. By putting your ceiling fan in reverse, the fan will push this hot air down the walls, essentially distributing the warmth more evenly and allowing you to run your unit less often.
3. Replace Weatherstripping around Doors and Windows
7-12% of a home’s heat loss occurs around windows and doors. Your first instinct when you feel a draft is probably to turn up the furnace. This is a temporary fix on a common problem. The weatherstripping that exists on your windows and doors eventually breaks down due to normal wear and tear. Most weatherstripping needs to be replaced every 3 years or so. This is an inexpensive fix that will end up saving you on energy costs in the long run.
4. Use a Plastic Film on Windows and Doors
Although this initially takes a little time and money, this could definitely help reduce your heating costs. What this plastic film does is reflect the sun’s heat during the summer which keeps the house cooler, but also reduces heat loss through old windows in the winter. In fact, according to the International Window Film Association, this can reduce heat loss by as much as 40%.
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