The cost in the United States to heat a home during the winter can average between $500 to $1,500. These costs can increase year by year. Here are steps a homeowner can take to help reduce heating costs through those long winter months.
Lower the Thermostat
When outdoor temperatures plummet, trying to keep a home consistently heated between 70 and 80 degrees during the day can cause your heater to run often. Setting the thermostat below 70 degrees can decrease the amount of time the heater runs, in turn saving you money. At night, consider setting the thermostat between 55 and 60 degrees, which can reduce how often the heater runs.
Seal Any Cracks or Gaps
Having a well-insulated home can assist in heat retention. Use weather stripping around doors and windows to reduce drafts and keep warm air from escaping. In attics and inside exterior walls, spray foam insulation can be used. It expands into any existing cracks and gaps, keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. It can be somewhat difficult to work with, so using a spray foam contractor may be the best way to go.
Run a Humidifier
Running a humidifier in the winter months is essential in keeping your home from getting too dry. Moist and humid air will retain heat better than dry air. When the moisture in the air retains heat, the temperature in the room will stay warmer longer and keep the heater from turning on.
Clean Air Filters
When an air filter is dirty or clogged, the air is unable to flow through the filter into the heater. Without proper airflow, the heater must work harder to pull in air to heat. It’s a good idea to change the air filters in your heater at least once a month for the most efficient and energy-saving heating.
Following these tips may help lower heating costs, sometimes up to 10% annually. Keep your house running efficiently during the cold winter months by giving these tips a try.