The winter months are expensive enough with the holidays, travel, and if you live in Park City – winter sports. Saving money where you can is always a good idea, and while we can’t help you save on lift tickets, we’re here to help you keep your heating bill under control.
Close the Chimney Flue
In Shoreline homes, residents enjoy two fireplaces – one upstairs and one downstairs. Leaving the flue open in your chimney can be the same as leaving a window open several inches when it comes to heat loss. Closing the flue when your chimney is not in use can shave a few extra dollars off your heating bill. If you do choose to close your chimney flue, leave yourself a reminder note to open it again before the next time you use the fireplace!
Pay Attention to Windows
Around 10 to 25% of your house’s heat loss can be attributed to windows. To minimize heat loss in your home, maximize south-facing windows during daylight hours by opening curtains and shades, allowing the sun’s heat to enter your home. When night falls, close the curtains to insulate your home and keep heat from escaping.
Clean & Clear Vents
Vents and radiators build up dust quickly over time, as air is always passing through, leaving particles behind. Build-up of dust can restrict airflow, prevent your heater from working efficiently and even become a safety issue. Regular cleaning of your vents can solve this issue and lessen the strain on your furnace during the winter. Finally, ensure vents aren’t blocked by rugs or furniture to keep air circulating freely all day long.
Get the Right Equipment
As it’s optimal to turn down the heat during the day, invest in a programmable thermostat so you don’t need to worry about remembering to do it yourself. This will ensure your home is heated when you need it to be and that you’re always saving money where you can. Beyond a thermostat, adding the right insulation and installing the right air filters can go a long way. Air filters should be changed monthly (or when dirty) to extend the life of your furnace, keep air flowing freely and make your home healthier.
Insulation is a must in the winter. But, did you know not all builders install insulation throughout the entire house? Basement insulation is often over-looked and can make a big difference in keeping your home warm and heat from escaping. Heating ducts contribute to almost 60% of your heat loss when installed in non-insulated spaces, including an attic or basement. Special duct insulation can help you retain this heat and save money doing it.
At Shoreline, our townhomes are built smart with energy-efficient 2’ x 6’ exterior walls and Pella Impervia® Windows to maximize warmth in Utah’s cold winter months. Our homes also come with insulated garage doors and attics, to make your home as cozy as possible. To find out if a Shoreline home is right for you, speak to a representative today.