8 DIY Projects to Reduce Heating Costs
Winter’s coming, and while you have some time as a Tallahassee, Florida, homeowner, you’ll have to use your heater eventually. Before cranking up your thermostat and increasing your energy bill, try some of these simple DIY projects to save on heating costs.
DIY Projects At the Doors
Examine your exterior doors for light and drafts around the edges. Worn weatherstripping creates drafts and lets in cold air. As a result, your heating system will work harder and cost you more over the season.
If you see light under your exterior doors, there’s an easy fix. Thresholds have screws that allow you to adjust their height easily. Turn the screws counterclockwise until the threshold meets the weatherstripping on the door’s bottom. It shouldn’t be hard to close the door.
DIY Projects At the Windows
Cover your windows with plastic film, especially those that face north, for a quick and easy way to cut energy loss. Most home improvement stores have kits that contain everything you need to keep window drafts at bay.
If you don’t want to cover your windows, lock your windows instead of just closing them. This provides a tighter seal.
DIY Projects At the Walls
Outlet boxes on exterior walls let cold air in. Use caulking to seal the gaps around your outlets.
Check along your home’s exterior for unsealed outlets, breaker boxes, pipe tunnels with gaps or any other holes. Plug small gaps with caulking and larger holes with spray foam insulation.
DIY Projects At the Heating System
One of the best ways to reduce energy use is to have your heater professionally maintained and tuned up. You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing that your furnace will work when you need it, and you’ll avoid costly service calls.
You could also consider installing a new thermostat. With today’s technology, you can easily program and monitor your home’s heating system.
If you have questions about heating systems, tuneups or thermostats, we’re here to help. Give Central Heating Consultants a call at 850-270-4352.
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