With the winter weather bringing in the cold, you can be sure that your utilities will be showing the rise in heating costs. Regular servicing of your HVAC system is an important part of making your home energy efficient, but it is not the only thing that can be done. Here are some things that you can do to reduce heat loss in your home and save energy this winter:

1. Doing Maintenance To The Windows And Doors In Your Home

The windows and doors in your home are a source of air leaks and cold drafts during the winter months. To prevent cold drafts from windows and doors, do regular maintenance to them. Check the weather stripping for damage and replace it if needed. In addition, caulk around window trim to seal off any cracks where cold air can get in and the heat can escape your home.

2. Upgrading Insulation In Your Home In Areas Where Heat Escapes

There are also many areas of your home where you may be lacking insulation, such as in attics and unfinished areas of your home. If your attic needs more insulation, you can get batten insulation and roll another layer of insulation in the attic. You can also insulate areas like basements and garages that may not have been insulated when your home was built. In addition, check windows to make sure they have insulation by removing a piece of trim.

3. Checking All The Vents In Your Home And Putting Them In The Correct Position

The position of vents in your home is also important. You want to make sure that all the vents in your home are open, so your HVAC system has proper circulation. Also, check things like dampers in chimneys, which should be closed when the chimney is not in use to prevent heat from escaping. Adding a cover to the chimney with steel mesh screen, glass or a fireplace cover can also help to keep the heating in your home.

4. Adding Thermal Blinds And Curtains To Stop Drafts And Insulate Windows

Adding window treatments to your home is another way that you can reduce heat loss. Consider having thermal blinds installed, which are designed to fit tightly in a window opening and provide insulation. These can be use together with curtains to help make your home more energy efficient.

For more information, contact Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling or a similar company.

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