Mornings seem to be getting colder each day this time of year. By now, there’s a good chance you’ve at least thought about kicking your furnace on for the first time. As we get ready to turn back our clocks and the nights begin to grow longer, you’ll most likely be relying on your heater more and more. If all of this has you worried about your monthly energy costs, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are paying far too much for their home energy costs each winter.
High heating costs are a sign that your home is losing energy as heat is transferred from inside your home to the cold air beyond your walls and roof. While your home remains cold, your heater isn’t able to keep up, putting strain on the system and often overworking your furnace.
At The Construction Group in Woodbury, we offer a full range of services to help your heater keep up with the winter chill while keeping your energy bills down. Follow this advice to get more out of your heater for a toasty warm home on even the coldest nights.
1. Target Points of Air Infiltration
Think of your home’s windows, doors, siding, and roof as working together to create a protective bubble around your home. For this bubble to work most effectively, no air or moisture must be able to pass from the outside to the inside of your home. Any areas of air infiltration can create drafts, which means your heater will struggle to keep up in some parts of your home.
Additionally, moisture seeping into your home can cause mold and mildew to proliferate, creating a potential health hazard for your home’s occupants. Check your siding and walls for gaps, seal any needed areas, and consider updating your wall insulation.
2. Check Your Windows
Single-pane windows and windows with poor insulation can dramatically influence the temperature inside your home. If you’re tempted to cover your windows in plastic sheeting or heavy blankets, it’s time to consider window replacement services to help save on heating costs. You’ll be surprised at how much more comfortable it is to sit next to an energy-friendly window on a cold winter night.
3. Check Your Roof
If your roof is covered with snow all winter long, there’s a good chance your attic is well-insulated. However, if your roof frequently features ice dams and icicles, this means your attic may need an insulation upgrade. When your attic insulation isn’t doing its job, heat from your home can rise and cause the snow on your roof to melt and then refreeze. In such cases, your heater is most likely working too hard as well.
Contact Our Woodbury Home Insulation Services
If you’re tired of thermostat wars all winter long and concerned about outsized heating bills, we’re here to help. Call The Construction Group in Woodbury today at 651-731-5857, or for added convenience, contact us online to connect with a member of our team.