07 Dec Ann Arbor Area Homeowners Can Lower Their Heating Costs This Winter – Here’s How
With the coldest temperatures of the season still to come for SE Michigan homeowners in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Canton, Plymouth and surrounding areas, you may be wondering how to keep your home nice and toasty while saving on heating costs. At Haley Mechanical, we’ve got plenty of tips to help you enjoy a comfortable home while saving money this winter!
Here are a few ideas:
- Check those areas you would never suspect for air leaks. Light switches can rob your home of warm, conditioned air. Remove your switch plate, fit it with an insulating gasket you can find in your local hardware store, and replace the switch plate. Easy! Recessed lighting fixtures should be caulked.
- Scent your home and check for drafts at the same time. Incense is a great way to see if you have drafts around window frames. Just hold the stick near window and door frames. If the smoke comes back into the room or disappears, you have a draft. Caulk obvious cracks or holes and consider a window insulation kit which can be found at home supply stores.
- Increase the humidity level. You know that humid air feels warmer than dry air, so turn on the humidifier. You can lower your thermostat by a couple of degrees, and never feel the difference – plus, running a humidifier cost very little in terms of energy, using less than a 100 watt bulb.
- Close off rooms that aren’t being used. This is simple, and takes just seconds. Close the doors to rooms that are unoccupied. This literally minimizes the space you are heating in your home. The areas you’re using will stay warm and toasty, and your heater will run less.
- Save as much as 10% on your heating bill by using your ceiling fan in reverse. Everybody knows that warm air rises, so your heated air is hovering up around your ceiling fan. Switch the fan to reverse (it should rotate in a clockwise direction) and it will push that warm air back down into the room, saving you money on heating costs.
- Let the sun shine in. During cold Michigan winter months, brighten up the day and warm up your home by opening up those curtains and mini-blinds. The sun will naturally warm up your home. At night, close them back up to keep the cold air out.
- Block cold winter wind with trees. What better way to protect your home from those wicked northwest winds than with trees? Beautify your lawn, and create a natural barrier against the wind at the same time. Conifer trees planted on the north and northwest sides of your home block those fiercely cold winds – and you may be surprised to learn you can save as much as 30% on heating costs!