Cut Your Minneapolis Home Heating Bills With 4 Easy Tips
This winter is already on track to be snowier and colder than last year.
So to be sure you’re saving as much as possible on your Minneapolis home heating bills, we’ve got some easy, cost-cutting tips that will give both your furnace and your pocket book a break:
- Seal Your Windows – Windows are notorious sabotagers to Minneapolis home heating bills. DIY Network suggests that you check yours to see if too much air is escaping by holding a candle next to the window seams. A bent flame could be the sign of a draft.If you do find some drafts, consider sealing your windows with specially designed shrink-wrap kits. This convenient heating tactic will keep your home warmer in the winter and can be removed in the spring.
- Recaulk Outside Window Frames – With the wide range of temperature extremes here in Minnesota, window caulking can dry out and crumble. Take a tour around your windows to see if you need to recaulk, then:• Remove old caulk
• Clean the surface
• Replace with new polyurethane caulkingThis process should be done when temps are warmer for best results – yet even if the air is cold, you can heat the surface for better application success.
- Replace Weather Stripping – Doors are also on the list of potential Minneapolis home heat drainers. According to HowStuffWorks.com, you can reduce your heating bills by up to 30% with effective weather stripping around your doors and windows.To learn if your doors are letting air out, go outside with a hand held dryer and run it along the door. Have a partner inside check for hot air entering the house. If you find drafty conditions, the Dept. of Energy provides excellent resources to help you choose from a number of weather stripping materials that can best fit the location’s potential for wear and tear.
- Install Insulation – One of the easiest ways to help your furnace is to add insulation to your home. There are a number of places throughout your house than can take insulation, such as:• Your Attic
• Any Crawlspaces
• Your Garage Door
• Plumbing drain holes
• Your basement
• Walls in unfinished roomsFor specific guidelines on installing insulation in each of these areas, visit Houselogic.com.
In addition to these tips, you should consider having a Minneapolis home heating expert perform a service check to be sure your furnace is in good working order. To set up an appointment, contact us for scheduling and free quotes.
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