Make your home feel warmer this winter without turning up the heat, and save money on your heating and cooling bill!
We have some tips that can help you do just that!
Tidy the gutters
Once autumn arrives, remove the leaves as well as
various other debris from your the gutters so that winter season’s rainstorm and thawing snow can easily drain. Clogged drains may form ice dams, where water backs up, freezes and then when it thaws allows water to seep into your home. As you are hosing out your gutters, inspect them for punctures and misaligned fittings and gaps.Additionally, make sure the downspouts are carrying water far from your house’s foundation, where it might result in flooding or different water damage.
Wrap Your Pipes
A broken pipe caused by a winter season freeze could possibly lead to other problems and a large bill to repair.. Make sure that the water to your tube is shut off inside your home by means of a turnoff
valve, as well as being sure that the lines are drained.
Then, go seeking other pipelines that are not insulated, or that traverse unheated
rooms, as an example drains that wipe out crawlspaces, cellars or car ports.
Cover them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation,
accessible at DIY stores.
If you want to protect these areas further and freezing pipes are a great concern where you live, you may wrap it with heating tape.
What if it’s too late?
During an extended cold spell, your pipes can freeze, even if you take all the proper
precautions. If you think you know where the freeze occurred and and want to try
thawing it yourself, the easiest tool to use is a hair dryer with a low heat
seating. DO NOT under any circumstances use an open flame. Using the hair dryer,
wave the warm air back and forth along the pipe. DO NOT heat only one spot on
the pipe, as this can cause it to burst. If you don’t have a hair dryer, you can
wrap the frozen section with rags or towels and pour hot water over them. It’s
messy, but it works.
Be very careful when heating the pipe. It may already be broken and just not leaking
because the water is frozen. When you thaw it out, the water could come gushing
out. Be ready to run for the master shutoff valve if necessary.
Turn down your water heater
Many traditional water heating units are set to 140° F by installers, however a lot of homes do not need that much hot water or with small children could in fact be a safety hazard.
Reducing the temp to 120° F or lower can reduce your water heating prices
by six to ten percent.
Mind the thermostat
It’s easy to forget to turn down the thermostat when
you leave the house, yet doing this is among the most convenient ways to
conserve money. The majority of homes spend between 50 to 70 % of their budget
on heating and cooling, so you should use only what you need when you need it.
Choosing and Programming a Programmable Thermostat
Most programmable thermostats are either digital, electromechanical, or some mixture
of the two. Digital thermostats offer the most features in terms of multiple
setback settings, overrides, and adjustments for daylight savings time, but may
be difficult for some people to program. Electromechanical systems often involve
pegs or sliding bars and are relatively simple to program.
When programming your thermostat, consider when you normally go to sleep and wake up.
If you prefer to sleep at a cooler temperature during the winter, you might want
to start the temperature setback a bit ahead of the time you actually go to bed.
Also consider the schedules of everyone in the household. If there is a time
during the day when the house is unoccupied for four hours or more, it makes
sense to adjust the temperature during those periods.
Insulating your attic room might cost you a little bit in the beginning, but it will
conserve you even more in the long run. Not enough insulation in attics allows
warmth to rise and also from your house, forcing your furnace to operate more
often in an effort to keep your home cozy.
Run ceiling fans in reverse
Reversing your ceiling fan is an easy way that you can help your furnace run easier. Many
ceiling fans include a switch that reverses the direction of the blades.
Counterclockwise rotation makes cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer. Air
pooled near the roof is circulated back in to the residing room.
Seal those ducts
Studies show that 10 to 30 % of heated or cooled air escapes through your ducting system.
Select a professional specialist to come out as well as
test your channel platforms and also mend any complications. Appropriately
sealing ducts can conserve the average residence approximately $140 every year.
If you have any questions you can always call Hays Sheet Metal, Heating at 913-367-2294 and speak with our experienced technicians.