Although Texas isn’t known for having brutal weather in the fall or winter, there are days that can chill your home to the core. Fluctuating temperatures can cause your home’s energy bill to sky rocket. The best way to keep costs down is to keep a steady and comfortable temperature in your home. Here’s how:
Avoid cranking up the thermostat: Keeping your home around 72-74 degrees in the winter is ideal, mainly because your thermostat won’t be fighting the cold weather outdoors. The best way to keep a comfortable and steady temperature in your home is to insulate your home with the right materials. Program your home to your ideal temperature and leave it be.
Shrink wrap your windows: Yes, that’s right. Adding a film to your windows will help keep out a lot of the cold air that seeps in through the glass. Many home improvement stores sell a window film that is similar to shrink wrap that is capable of retaining up to 55% of your home’s internal heat.
Utilize your ceiling fan’s functions: Most don’t realize that many ceiling fans have the capability of reversing the blade direction. Typically, there is a switch that allows the blades to spin in the opposite direction, channeling the hot air that rises to the ceiling downwards.
Seal baseboards on exterior walls: It seems like there wouldn’t be enough cold air that would be able to seep through the cracks of a baseboard, however, baseboards typically line an entire room. Collectively, enough of the cracks that are left unsealed in baseboards can chill a room. Make sure to caulk those baseboards.
Seal heat ducts: Check out the ducts for the heating system and make sure that all of the ducts are sealed up tight. Look for tears or holes that might be allowing air to escape or enter in. This is an easy fix with mastic or foil tape.
Close the drapes: A very simple way to ensure that cold air doesn’t enter the room from the windows is to close the drapes! Try sealing your windows with a window film before hand. This will knock out a significant amount of draft from your windows.
Replace furnace filters: Replacing furnace filters is just as important as changing out your air conditioner filter. Your furnace won’t be able to perform at its best if the filter is dirty.
Install spray foam insulation: Traditional fiber glass insulation allows for holes where cold air can seep into your home. Closed-cell spray foam is sprayed into crevices and small spaces where fiberglass insulation just can’t reach. The nature of closed-cell spray foam is that when sprayed, it expands, leaving no room for holes in the insulation.
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