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Home Improvement / November 6, 2020
Winter is a stunningly beautiful time of year in Boise, but it’s not without its challenges. For instance, it can get cold — really really cold. To stay comfortable during the darkest days of December and January, you’ll need a home heating system that’s efficient and affordable. Here are a few things to consider to make home energy saving a whole lot easier.
Some days it’s freezing cold outside, but that doesn’t mean the sun isn’t out and about. On cold sunny days, draw the curtains on all south-facing windows. When it comes to home energy saving, you can gain some real benefits just by taking advantage of the warmth of the sun. Just make sure to close those curtains once the sun goes down.
While windows allow sunlight to enter and heat your house, a lot of warm air will escape through windows that aren’t properly insulated. Hiring an expert craftsman to install storm windows will help keep the warm air inside where it belongs. For a less expensive means of home energy saving, replace your current drapes with ones that are tight-fitting and provide insulation.
Many homeowners are reluctant to lower the temperature on their thermostat, but it’s not as difficult as it seems. If you’re home and only using one room, lower the thermostat and utilize a space heater for comfort. While you’re out of the house or asleep at night, drop the temperature 10 to 15 degrees, and you can enjoy a home energy saving of up to 10% on your monthly power bill.
Utility cut-throughs for pipes are common places where air leaks can occur. Other trouble spots include gaps bordering chimneys and recessed lights. When you discover a leak, seal them with weather stripping or caulk.
You’ll never have a comfortable home without a working furnace. To make sure that you’re never without heat when you need it the most, have your heating system inspected by an expert craftsman on an annual basis. If you have a wood or pellet-burning heater, clean the flue vent regularly, and replace furnace or heat pump filters once a month or whenever you deem necessary.
If you need any help maintaining your home’s heating system, or making any fixes to achieve maximum energy efficiency, contact the expert craftsmen at Handyman Connection in Boise, ID, today.