How to save on heating bills this winter
Every year thousands of North Shore homeowners waste money heating their homes ineffectively. In Chelmsford and surrounding areas there are many older homes that are not properly insulated. If you have a weekend afternoon to spare this fall, these tips and tricks could end up saving you hundreds of dollars on heating bills this winter.
- Replace weatherstripping. Weatherstripping around doors wears down easily, especially if you live in a colder climate like the Northeast. At Nazzaro & Sons Plumbing & Heating, we recommend replacing this material in order to prevent cold drafts during the winter. An estimated 7 to 12% of a home's heat loss is attributed to poorly insulated doors and windows.
- Plug up utility line holes. Pipes, gas and electrical lines and other wires that lead from your home to the outside are often not flush with the walls, meaning there is space between the wire and the wall through which warm air can escape. While our Chelmsford plumbers are out on the job, we've noticed that many homeowners and businesses have gaps that have been haphazardly filled.Be sure to check under your sink in the kitchen or in the bathroom to make sure the gaps are filled properly. If not, purchase calking to fill the holes.
- Buy a space heater. Although your heating system should be able to evenly heat your home throughout the winter (if not, contact our Chemlsford heating company), there's always a room or two that is unusually cold. For a quick, short-term solution, purchase a space heater. Space heaters will save on overall heating bills, however it's important to note that your electric bill will rise depending on how often you use this. Talk with our experts if you aren't sure what type of space heater is safest for your home.
- Cover windows and doors with plastic film. This also shouldn't be a long-term solution for your home heating problems, but for a quick fix if you've noticed a major draft this option could save you money during the winter. By using a plastic covering for your windows and doors, you can prevent cold air from seeping into your home and causing your furnace to work harder than it should. At Nazzaro & Sons Plumbing & Heating, our professionals provide bathroom remodeling to improve the look and efficiency of your bathroom. If you notice a draft in your bathroom due to windows or doors, contact us to see how we can help.
Sick and tired of being cold during the winters? Contact our Chelmsford heating company today for heating service, repair, maintenance or replacement work. We want to make sure that you and your family or office are comfortable this winter! Reach out at 978-256-3586.