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Improve Heating Efficiency In Your Home

Improve Heating Efficiency In Your Home

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April 13, 2006

Find out ways to reduce heating costs and stay warm and toasty during cold winter weather.

Whether it's a light winter with very little bad weather or a continuous downpour of cold snow, sleet, and rain, you want to be prepared. Improving heating efficiency not only helps keep you and your family warm, it will also help reduce the amount of money you spend on those gas, oil, or energy bills.

There are many relatively inexpensive ways to help improve heating efficiency. The first step is to stop the release of warm air from the exterior of your home. Plugging the drafts around your home can significantly reduce the amount of time your home uses your heating source. Plugging the drafts can be done by caulking, sealing, and weather striping around all openings, cracks, and seams on the exterior of your home.

You should not only attempt to reduce the drafts on the exterior of your home but also from the interior. You can accomplish this by caulking, weather striping, and sealing around doorframes, windows and around electrical boxes

Improve Heating Efficiency

Running a humidifier will help to improve heating efficiency. By increasing the humidity in your home, you will increase the heat index, which will make the rooms of your home feel warmer. Even though the temperature may not change, you'll feel warmer because of the increased humidity. Try to keep the humidity in your home between 20 and 40 percent to avoid condensation build-up.

Another great way to assist in improving heating efficiency is by adding insulation in your attic and in crawlspaces. Be sure that there are no holes or drafts allowing air to escape or enter into your home in these areas. Insulation will not stop the air movement so you will want to make sure that all those holes are filled properly, before installing the insulation.

Another step to improve heating efficiency is to make sure to do regular evaluations of your heating system. A poorly maintained system can be costly and inefficient. Many professionals will do a yearly maintenance check-up to help keep your system performing optimally. Keep filters changed throughout the season. Proper airflow is important to effectively transfer the air.

These are only a few examples of ways to conserve your heating and decrease the amount of money you are spending.

For more information on how to improve heating efficiency.

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