When we go outside during the late fall and winter months, we often layer up. As creatures of comfort, we don’t like feeling cold. Likewise, when we come home we want to feel equally cozy. However, with that sometimes comes a price: increased heating costs. That’s why our FlameMaster Chimney and Fireplace Experts put together this list of the things you can do to reduce your heating bill but increase your comfort this season.
A lot of the things we’ll talk about today involve proactive activities. The first involves picking up some tools and performing a little bit of home maintenance.
You can reduce your heating bill significantly by caulking your doorframes and windows. An energy audit can tell you exactly how much heat you lose daily.
Or, skip the inspection and caulk your windows knowing that it’ll save you money in the long run. Also, if your home still has old-school-style windows, where you have to swap out screens for solid glass panels, do this ASAP.
The last thing you want to happen is for cold air to be blowing in as you’re trying to swap out screens for glass this winter.
Another way to increase your comfort is to cover your bare floors with a rug. Not only does this add a sense of style to a room (one that you can tie into seasonal decorating quite nicely too), it helps to make your room feel warmer. There’s nothing quite as bad as cold toes on a frosty Colorado evening!
Did you just bake a large meal for your family? Then crack the door of your oven after you turn it off. Let that residual heat escape into the room as the oven cools. It’s a small thing but can help make a room feel more comfortable and slightly reduce your heating costs. Just don’t use your oven as a heat source. We’re talking about allowing energy you’ve already created naturally escape into your room.
Zone heating is another way to route heat throughout your home to key areas. For example, if you don’t use a particular room much, close it off. There’s no point in heating it if it won’t be in use until the spring.
Speaking of heating your rooms, another suggestion we give our FlameMaster customers is to consider switching to a gas insert. By converting your wood-burning fireplace to a gas option, you can create a consistent temperature in your room and turn it off at a moment’s notice.
While we’re still comfortably in the middle of fall, winter is right around the corner. Some of these steps are things you can take care of today, such as caulking your windows and swapping your screens. Other steps are also equally proactive but need the assistance of a professional.
That’s where we come in. If it’s time to switch to a gas fireplace insert or you need assistance with your existing wood-burning fireplace, let us know. Get in touch with our highly qualified team at FlameMaster by calling us at (719)661-3277 or send us a message via our website contact form.