How Can Macon Homeowners Lower Heating Bills and Stay Comfortable This Winter?
You don’t have to make your family suffer to take a bite out of your heating bills this winter. Follow a few of these tips to lower heating bills and save energy in your Macon home without making big investments and without forcing your family to wear heavy sweaters and hats indoors.
Steps to Lower Heating Bills
- Manage the thermostat wisely. Lower heat settings 10 or 15 degrees at night after bedtime and during the day when nobody’s at home. If you can’t get in the habit of making changes manually, invest in a programmable thermostat that will make the adjustments for you automatically.
- Seal the attic access hatch. Stop cold air in the attic from entering your interior by applying weatherstripping and insulating to the attic’s access door.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed. Close the fireplace or wood stove damper when they’re not in use. If you never use them, put a temporary seal at the top of the chimney flue to keep cold air out.
- Seal air leaks around doors and windows. Replace worn weatherstripping so moving parts of doors and windows seal tightly when they’re closed. Use caulk or expanding foam to seal cracks and openings around door frames and window frames.
- Cover windows with plastic sheeting. Buy inexpensive window insulating kits at the hardware store that include clear plastic sheeting to apply to the outside of windows and sliding doors. This plastic acts as an extra layer of window glazing to reduce heat loss.
- Plug holes in your home’s exterior walls. Look for places where pipes and wiring enter your home and make sure the caulk sealing the holes is in good condition. If it’s cracked or missing, fill the holes with fresh caulk or expanding foam.
- Insulate behind electrical plates. Insulation and foam gaskets installed behind switch plates and outlet covers can keep cold air from entering your home from inside exterior walls. Be sure to turn off the power before you work around electrical installations!
Call us at Wilson Bryant Air Conditioning for more tips on how to lower heating bills in your Macon home.