On average, about 15 to 20 percent of heating costs are lost to home inefficiencies. That translates to a lot of money! The major cause of this heat loss? Leaks that allow heated air to escape through unseen gaps, cracks, nooks, and crannies throughout the structure. As a friendly tip, here are several simple ways to save money on your Atlanta home’s heating bill this winter:
Tighten Up the Home
The thermal envelope of your home is anything and everything that separates the living space of your home from the outside environment. If you can improve the thermal envelope in any way, you should do so. Most often, the biggest problems occur with the windows and doors. You can close up micro air gaps with weather stripping, locking gaskets, and insulator kits.
Seal Up the Attic Pull-Down Stairs
If you’ve got a foldable attic staircase, it’s probably allowing a lot of heat exchange with the cold attic air. You can stop the heat loss by sealing up the cracks with insulative batting, closing any gaps with weather stripping, and caulk sealant when appropriate. Your heating bill will thank you!
Improve Insulation Value of Home Décor
Heavy drapes and carpet can go a long way to improve the insulative quality of your home. This solution will cost a little money, but it is cheaper than replacing windows or tearing open walls to add spray foam or batting insulation where it is needed. On the other hand, it may be entirely appropriate to add more insulation to the home where it is most needed. Your heating bill may be greatly improved by adding a layer of insulation to the attic.
Install Smart Thermostat to Lower the Heating Bill
A programmable thermostat is an effective way to optimize the temperature of your home. It gives you granular control of when, and for how long a given thermal setting operates during the day or night. With a smart thermostat, you can also remotely monitor and override the setting when needed. The scheduling functionality means you can program your thermostat to automatically lower the heat to a predetermined temperature during the day while you’re out, and then raise it again before you return home.
Close Up the Chimney
If you live in a home with a wood burning stove that you don’t regularly use, the open chimney can allow a lot of heat to escape the house, racking up your monthly heating bill. You can seal up this built-in air escape with a chimney balloon or a fitted cover.
When You’re Ready to Move
Looking for a home with a tighter thermal envelope? If you’re ready for a conversation about the options in the Atlanta market today, call our pro team here at DUFFY Realty. Your needs are our priority. Call today for a conversation at (678) 318-1700.