The cold Long Island winters are bad enough when your home is perfectly warm all the time. They can be downright unbearable, though, if your home can’t hold in the heat. To help keep your energy costs under control and help make your home a little more comfortable, here are a few tips from B.A.C. Systems Inc. to help you conserve heat this winter.
Enjoy Some Home Cooking
One simple way to introduce some heat into your home is to cook at home more often. Cooking and baking can release large amounts of heat into your living space, meaning that you won’t have to run your furnace as often. One of the best things you can do is to leave your oven door open after you bake something so that the heat can escape into the rest of the room. Just make sure this isn’t your only method of heating your home, because heating with a stove can be expensive and dangerous.
Keep the Air Flowing
Some people think that it’s best to close off unused rooms in their home in order to conserve heat in the rest of the home. Unfortunately, this usually has the opposite effect when it comes to conserving heat. That’s because the closed-off rooms become quite cold and begin spilling this cold air through the small gaps around the door. This forces your furnace to work harder to keep the rest of your home at the desired temperature. You also want to avoid closing vents in unused spaces. Closing vents can cause a buildup of air pressure in your air handler and cause problems that B.A.C. Systems Inc. will need to repair.
Improve Your Insulation
When you sleep at night, you likely use a blanket to trap your body heat and keep you warm. For your home, the insulation in the attic has this same effect. That’s why it’s important to have B.A.C. Systems Inc. upgrade your insulation if your current insulation is lacking. One of the best things about upgraded insulation is that it helps to prevent fast temperature swings in your home. Since heat escapes less quickly, your home will stay at a more constant temperature even when the heat isn’t running. Plus, your furnace will likely run far less, meaning you should notice lower utility bills.
Wear Warmer Clothes
Although it’s important to keep a baseline level of heat in your home to protect its mechanical systems, the primary reason you heat your home is to keep you and your family comfortable. Therefore, if you want to conserve heat, one simple step you can take is to wear warmer clothes. You don’t have to wear a complete winter outfit, but something simple, such as a thicker sweater, can help keep you comfortable without cranking up the heat. Over time, you may even notice that you don’t have to wear as many layers to stay comfortable when the air is at a certain temperature.
Seal Around Doors and Windows
One of the worst offenders when it comes to losing heat from your home is your home’s doors and windows. Gaps around doors and windows can cause a surprisingly large volume of air to escape into the cold outdoors. Although replacing your doors and windows can be cost-prohibitive, the pros at B.A.C. Systems Inc. recommend that you work to caulk around the frames of your home’s doors and windows to prevent the loss of warm air. Of course, if you can afford to upgrade your windows, this could be a great way to improve your home’s energy efficiency, as well. Newer windows utilize multiple panes of glass to trap heat in your home so that your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard.
Let Us Help in Any Way We Can
At B.A.C. Systems Inc., we understand that keeping your home comfortable can be a big job. That’s why we want to help in any way we can. Whether it’s taking care of the repair, maintenance or installation for your furnace or air conditioner, putting a new roof on your house, installing new siding and windows or providing one of our other services, we strive to do everything we do with excellence. It is this approach to customer service that allows us to maintain accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. Since our founding more than 15 years ago, people around Long Island have trusted us for their home comfort needs. We’d love to add you to our family of satisfied customers when you contact us at B.A.C. Systems Inc. today.