Important Facts About Heating Your Home

Eve Sherrill York By Eve Sherrill York, 10th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2e1zdxtc/
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Different ways to save on heating your homes. Who to call, things that could go wrong and area heaters.

Introduction


If you don’t live in the tropics or some other warm area you might like to know some ways to keep your home warm and save on heating costs. In most parts of the country winter is upon us and the temperatures in some states are reaching below freezing. Therefore, following these 6 simple steps to reduce your energy consumption and the amount you pay for heating your home this winter.

1. Your home is cold inside.


If you have your heater set to 78 degrees and your home is still cold inside you have a problem. Your home is leaking wintry drafts from outside and they need to be sealed to keep the heat in and the cold out. Start by weather stripping by using clear plastic film on all your windows. Purchase door sweeps and install them on all doors leading in and out of your home. If you have checked your home for leaks but still feel the cold drafts coming into your home, you might want to consult an energy auditor. The auditor can inspect your home and give you a complete detailed list of the repairs you need to do in order to stop losing energy.

2.Your home furnace could be old or in need of repairs or replacement.


Each year, as winter approaches, you need to have your furnace checked and tuned up. Always use a member of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America to check your home furnace. However, if your home furnace is more than 15 years old it is time to consider having the old furnace replaced. The new Energy Star-qualified gas or oil burning furnaces are rated at 90% efficiency. A newer heater will use less gas or oil, heat your home for less, and will save one-third to one-half of the fuel normally used.

3. Consider the logical approach.

If your heater is more than 15 years old and your air conditioner is more than 10 years old you need to consider replacing both units simultaneously. You will save you about one-third the cost compared to installing them separately. If you install a dual fuel system the heat pump will keep your home cool from spring to fall and in the winter the smart thermostat will turn on the heater to heat your home.

4. Who to call when your heater needs repairs.

If you need repair, maintenance or installation for your heating and air conditioning system you will want to call a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor. Make sure the contractor is a member of the ACCA(Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and has been certified by the North American Technician Excellence(NATE).

5. Consider using portable heaters this winter.

For colder rooms in your home, you should consider using a convection or radiant portable space heater. When buying your heater match the heater’s size for your room size for greater efficiency. Also, buy a heater with a thermostatic control and tip-over safety switch. Read all instructions because these can be dangerous.

6. Don’t forget the sun this winter.

During the day when the sun is shinning open the shades on your windows facing the south side of your home. In the late afternoon recover your windows. On your heater use a programmable thermostat to dial back the temperature ten to fifteen degrees when you are sleeping or not at home. Also, change your furnace filters once a month and close the damper and doors on your fireplace when not in use.

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Apr 2015 (#)

Nice post, I am glad in the UAE don't need heating.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
10th Apr 2015 (#)

Good tips. I live in a home that was built in 1910. Thankfully, we have central heat, double pane windows and no drafts to speak of. We moved from a home that was built in the mid-1800s. The three-story monster was heated with oil. We used to spend $200.00 + every month during the cold season trying keep it warm. I will never forget the morning that we woke up and discovered that the oil had run out and the house was like 10 degrees. Thank goodness for portable electric heaters! Looking back, I am thankful that those days are behind us.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
13th Apr 2015 (#)

I remember when I heated with oil. It was better than gas but not by much. Those portables do come in handy don't they?!

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Apr 2015 (#)

Good tips my friend. I live in Canada where the winters are cold and often long. Spring is just starting to arrive now and it will be more than a month before we see warm weather. Blessings.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
16th Apr 2015 (#)

We used to have some heavy duty winters here in Idaho but not anymore. Rarely get much snow and we are having great spring weather already. Guess we are lucky compared to Canada and some places across the U.S.

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