3 Ways to Warm Your Home without Boosting Your Energy Bill
It's time to face the cruel fact that summer is behind us. The nights are getting cooler and your home needs to be ready to take on the changing season, both inside and out. So many seasonal lists focus on what to do outside a home before the seasons change, but here is a list of 3 sure-fire ways to keep the inside warm and cozy, even without a fireplace!
1) Do the Candle Test to find phantom air leaks. It's simple. Light a candle and watch the flame as you do a quick perimeter check. Be sure to hit the obvious places like windows and doors. But also be sure you check out the area around any recessed lighting, a commonly overlooked spot for air leaks. If the flame is dancing (or worse, goes out!), you have an air leak on your hands. Relax! It's nothing a bit of sealing can't fix. For a list of best practices, click here.
2) Change Your HVAC Filter! Simply put, your home will feel more comfortable when you rid it of excess dust and dirt in the air. If you leave a dirty air filter in your HVAC, each time the heat kicks on it's recirculating those particles through your vents and into your home. Make sure to replace it about every 3 months for the best results. Plus, check out the high-efficiency pleated filters that can help grab more from your air.
3) Save $75 by swapping out your light bulbs! If you've been hesitant to change out your bulbs for the more efficient counterparts, it's time to take another look. LEDs can provide the same comfortable glow as the classic incandescents, but allow you to keep more money in your pocket. While the cost up front is still higher than the old incandescents, you're getting more bang for your buck. Replacing just 5 of your most used light bulbs can yield $75 in annual savings. If you're still in need of a crash course in new light bulb language, take a look at this article.