We all want to keep our utility costs down, but many homeowners don’t know how to make those savings a reality. There are many simple, inexpensive improvements that will save considerable energy and money throughout the fall and winter months. LP, which manufactures quality Outdoor Building Solutions® products for storage buildings
, offers the following tips to help you conserve energy during cold weather.
Maintain Your Heating System
The cost of heating a home typically makes up about 42% of your utility bill
, so it makes sense to properly maintain this system with an annual tuneup. A professional HVAC technician can inspect electrical and mechanical components, clean out dirt and dust buildup, check and replace the air filter, and provide recommendations for repair or replacement if needed. All of these checks keep your system operating at peak efficiency.
Inspect Attic Insulation
Think of attic insulation as a thick blanket that holds warmth inside your home. If that blanket is too thin, warm air will escape and you’ll be colder. Unfortunately, an estimated nine out of 10 homes have insufficient levels of attic insulation compared to Department of Energy guidelines
. An easy way to determine if you might need more insulation is to take a peek inside your attic. If the insulation is level with or below the attic floor joists, you probably need to add more insulation. Contact a professional roofer for assistance.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
Many homeowners use ceiling fans to cool down in the summer, but they can also help you stay warmer in the winter. When you reverse a ceiling fan so it spins clockwise, air is pulled up toward the ceiling, pushing the warm air that has risen back down and around the edges of the room. This circulation makes the room feel warmer and more comfortable without turning up the thermostat.
Seal Air Leaks
Stop heat loss by sealing air leaks around windows and doors with caulk. Weatherstripping works wonders on drafty doors, and a door sweep can be installed to stop drafts underneath the door. Other areas that are prone to air leaks are plumbing penetrations where pipes enter the home, recessed lights, gaps around chimneys, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
Get More Storage Space
If you need a new storage solution before winter, discover the unique advantages of LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® products. Beautiful and exceptionally durable, LP shed products make large utility sheds
and other storage buildings a cut above the rest. Learn more by visiting a shed dealer