4 Reasons Your Heating Bill Is So High
Want to make your home more efficient and save money this winter? Follow these steps to keep your home warm, before the first big freeze hits!
Your windows are one of the biggest places for heat loss. Old windows are known for letting heat escape and also letting drafts in. Looking to upgrade?Triple-glazed windows work well to keep the heat inside your home. Since air isn't conducive of heat, triple-glazed windows act as a three-layer barrier to keep cold air out and warm air in.
However, if you can't afford window replacement, try investing in high-quality curtains to help keep warm air inside. It's estimated that heavy drapes can reduce heat loss by approximately 10 percent during the winter.
Doors that are in need of repair or replacement also lead to heat loss. To prevent this from happening around your doors, make sure that the perimeter around the frame is insulated well. An easy way to do this is by using weather stripping or foam tape to fill in gaps. If your doors are past the point of repair, it might be time to replace them.
Through the Roof
Even if your windows and doors are tightly insulated, you may still be losing heat through your roof. If your roof is old or needs to be repaired, heat can easily escape through cracks in the shingles or worn-out insulation. If only minor repairs are needed, it's easy to seal up any holes and add insulation.
Power Outlets and Switches
Areas around power switches and outlets are also prime areas of heat loss. If the outlets aren't insulated well, heat may be escaping through your walls. Adding insulation is a quick fix. If you, or someone you know is handy around the house, simply disconnect the power, remove the face plates and carefully add on external outlets and light switches. If you don't feel confident in taking on this project yourself, enlist the help of an experienced electrician to avoid injury.
Keeping your home warm and toasty this winter is easier than you may think. Take time before the first snowfall to ensure your home is ready for these harsh New England winters!
Adapted from Housecall's 2019 article by Anita Ginsburg.