Another cold, long New England winter is upon us as we head into shorter days and snowier nights. That’s why we want to make sure your heating equipment, and budget, will last you all winter long. Daigle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is committed to getting you the most bang for your buck when it comes to your heating equipment. So call us today to discuss your heating options and continue reading for our tips on how to save on your heating bill this winter.
Check and Seal Air Leaks
What’s the point in heating your house if it’s just going to escape through air leaks? Make sure heated air stays inside by checking for drafty windows, doors, and attics that will allow cold air in and draw heated air out. Also check the weather stripping around windows and doors and replace it if it’s too worn. Next, check for any leaks around cuts that have been made in the drywall as they can create an easy escape route for heated air. Seal any leaks you do find with silicone or latex caulk. By sealing these air leaks, you can save up to 30% on your energy bill.
Insulation is your best friend in the winter. Nothing is worse than cold air sneaking in while your heated air escapes through improper insulation. Make sure you have the correct level of insulation in your attic, basement, and between the inside walls. Heat can escape and add an extra 30% to your energy bill. But what kind of insulation is best?
Insulation has an R-value measurement that’s determined by the amount of heat that’s allowed to pass through it. A higher R-value means it’s less likely for heat to escape, resulting in lower energy bills. Getting the proper, high R-value insulation is important to keep your house toasty throughout the winter.
Lower Your Thermostat
It may seem slightly backwards to lower your thermostat during winter months, but this is a surefire way to manage your energy expenses. The lower the setting, the more you’ll save. We recommend turning down the thermostat to 68 degrees in the day and 62 degrees overnight to lower your heating bill. Even better, we would recommend installing Wi-Fi thermostats, so you are able to monitor your thermostat when you’re away. If you do decrease the temp while away, we would recommend only a 5-degree swing. For example, if your ideal temperature is 68 degrees then while you’re away set it to 63 degrees. The EcoBee smart thermostat is perfect for this – with the ability to control your thermostat from an app on your phone you’ll be able to save in energy costs.
Take Advantage of Your Ceiling Fans
High ceilings are wonderful, but they can increase your heating bills as your heated air rises to the top. Changing the direction of your ceiling fan blades will reverse the flow of the fan and push the air downward along the walls. Circulating warm air back through the room will heat the room more evenly and ease the effort your heater needs to keep the room at a comfortable temperature.
Light Up Your Fireplace or Wood Stove
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace or wood stove, your house can be heated in a natural, cozy, and cost-efficient way. However, if a fireplace damper is left open when not being used it can let in cold air and allow heated air to escape. By closing the fireplace damper after every use, you’ll be able to keep your home toasty, but make sure to open the damper back up before lighting a fire or your home could fill with smoke.
These tips will help you and your family efficiently and effectively stay warm throughout the winter. Daigle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can assist in any of the above energy saving tips, or if you need new heating equipment altogether, their professional staff can help with the installation. Schedule an appointment to receive assistance with your heating repair or replacement today.
About Daigle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling,
Founded over 40 years ago, Daigle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is family-owned and operated by the Daigle family. We are proud to provide quality, dependable plumbing, heating, and cooling services for our customers in Derry, NH, and the surrounding areas. Daigle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is your partner for all your plumbing, heating, and cooling needs. Call us today at 603-434-6353 for a free estimate.