Keep warm this winter while chilling out about how much you’re saving on energy bills. Warmth and savings really can exist together. Blue Springs Siding & Windows arms you with the best tips to stay cozy this season.
Seal Window & Door Leaks
Old windows and doors may look fine on the surface, but they can be throwing your money right out the window when it comes to keeping your home insulated. Misaligned, old windows are more likely to be drafty and have gaps between the wall and the frame. Caulk air leaks you find around windows and doors to increase insulation. Don’t forget to look where you have pipes, vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor and caulk those areas as well.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
If your old windows and doors just won’t cut it anymore, it’s time to install new ones. Look for energy efficient window brands like Soft-Lite, which has the lowest air infiltration levels of any name brand window. This one switch can save you between $100-$500 a year on energy costs.
Use Your Programmable Thermostat
Use your programmable thermostat to set a schedule and stick to it. Then make sure you set the thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees or off at night or when leaving home for an extended time, saving 5-20 percent of your heating costs.
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Replace Furnace Filters
Replace or clean furnace filters as recommended. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Now is also the time for a furnace tune-up. Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5 percent of heating costs.
Keep the Chimney Shut
Traditional fireplaces can pull heated air out of the house and up the chimney – which costs you money. When not in use, make sure the damper is closed. Before closing the damper, make sure that you don’t have any smoldering embers.
Call Blue Springs Siding & Windows today at (816) 228-5225 to help you get your Kansas City area home ready for winter today!