Chicago winters are infamously cold and blustery, which means home comfort often comes with high heating bills. But savvy homeowners can reduce energy use through the winter and keep their home more comfortable. Here’s how to lower heating bills in your home when the wind blows and the snow piles up.
- Seal air leaks around doors and windows using caulk and weatherstripping. If you’ve sealed the leaks in years past, check the seals to make sure they still hold. Caulk and weatherstripping can wear down and come loose, so it pays to inspect it every year.
- Make sure you’re not losing air under doors. If you can see light of feel a draft under outside doors, you may need to raise the threshold or install a door sweep.
- Check the outlets. Insulation isn’t always installed correctly around electrical outlets, and when they have gaps, they allow cold air to infiltrate the home. After unscrewing the face plate of the outlet, fill any gaps with caulk or foam sealant, and cover it with a foam gasket before replacing the plate.
- If you have a fireplace with a chimney, keep the flues sealed at all times unless a fire is burning. When a fire is burning, let it take on some of the work of heating your home and turn down the furnace temperature while you enjoy it.
- Insulate the attic. Warm air rises, which means warmth escapes from the top of your home. Attic insulation can cut down on the rate of energy loss.
- Consider a programmable thermostat. By automatically turning back the furnace when you’re out of the house, a thermostat can reduce the amount of time you’re heating your home and the amount of money you spend.
To learn more about how to lower heating bills this winter, contact the HVAC pros at Hollub, Inc. We proudly serve the home comfort needs of Chicago area homeowners.
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