Winter is coming! As your local plumbing and heating specialists, it’s our job to remind you that it’s incredibly important to prepare for the winter months. You can actually save money on your hydro and heating bills with these simple tips. Save your money for the holidays instead and learn how to optimize your plumbing and heating systems at home.
1. Bundle Up To Save Money On Heating
A great way to save money on heating this winter is to turn down the thermostat and bundle up. Even turning the heat down by 1-2 degrees can save 5% of your heating bill. Turn the thermostat down and get cozy with blankets and an extra sweater instead!
2. Seal Your Windows To Prevent Drafts
Drafty windows can let the heat in your home escape. This means that you are not only wasting money on heating, your furnace is also working overtime to compensate. This is a common problem in older homes, it can get drafty if your windows aren’t sealed or are older. Check to see that you have double pained windows. This is essential and is mandatory in most buildings.
How To Check For Drafts
Use a candle to check for drafts by holding the flame up to the window and watching for changes in flickering. If you can feel a draft or notice a draft while you are using the candle test, there’s a chance that your heat is escaping out the window.
How To Seal Your Windows
The best way to seal your windows is with a window sealant. You can buy this at your local hardware store. Simply fill any gaps or cracks with the sealant to help keep heat from escaping out the window. Ensure the sealant is the same color as the area around your windows. Most sealants dry as white, beige or clear, but you can purchase black or brown in order to match the area you are sealing.
3. Replace Your Furnace
If your furnace is older, there is a high chance it is not heating effectively. When your furnace is working overtime, it ends up costing you money. Older furnaces can have leaking ducts, blocked fans or cracks that render them less effective.
Have your furnace checked by a professional before the winter, the last thing you want is a broken furnace in the cold. If you think it may be time to replace your furnace, look into a more modern, high-efficiency furnace. Read about how a high-efficiency furnace can save you money.
4. Leave the Curtains Open When it’s Sunny
This may seem like a simple tip, but the sun is still powerful and warm in the winter. If it’s a sunny day, an efficient and free way to trap heat in your home is to leave the curtains and blinds open during the day. The warmth from the sunlight will stay and warm your home well into the evening. This helps to give your heating system a break when you are out of the house during the day.
5. Insulate Your Pipes
Insulating your pipes can help you save money in multiple ways. When you keep your pipes insulated, it can help to prevent them from freezing. When the water inside pipes freezes, it expands and can end up causing cracks. A burst pipe due to freezing can be costly to fix.
This means that when you’re insulating your pipes, it’s not only a practical measure, it’s also preventative. If you do have a burst or frozen pipe, call our 24/7 emergency number and have a plumber on site right away.
Contact Your Local Plumbing & Heating Specialist
Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating has been servicing the residents of Vancouver and the Lower-Mainland for over 50 years. Our dedicated team is committed to helping you save money, whether you need maintenance work, appliance replacement or you simply have questions about how you can prepare your home for the winter, call us or come in today. If you are experiencing a plumbing or heating emergency, we offer 24/7 emergency services as well.