Winter months in most parts of the United States are long, dark, chilly, and, well, expensive. While southern Louisiana doesn’t get as cold as some places, the cooler temperatures here do make people turn on the heat to keep cozy and warm. However, sometimes it happens that the heating unit does not properly heat the room, making one chill to the bone.
Thankfully, you can take a number of steps to ensure optimal heating during winters. Here are 5 steps that you can take to ensure that your rooms remain perfectly warm during the cold months.
1. Draft-proof your home
The drafts around the windows and doors prevent optimal heating of the rooms. They also make the heating system work harder, resulting in increased energy bills. You must consider sealing the area around the door and window to ensure optimal heating during the winters.
2. Place area rugs
Placing area rugs will not just add style and color to the room. It will also help keep it warm. Rugs add increased insulation to the floor by trapping the cold air. This will result in optimal heating of the room and reduced energy bills. The area rugs will keep your feet warm as well.
3. Insulate the ceiling and walls
To drastically reduce the energy bills, you should consider insulating the ceiling and walls. This will prevent hot air inside to be released outside, and also prevent cold outside air from penetrating the room. You should consider insulating the area between the attic and the inside walls as heat losses from the area can add to about 30 percent to the heating bills.
4. Avoid covering the air vents
Air vents can be an eyesore in the room. That’s why some people cover up the vents by placing furniture in the front. However, obstructing the vents of the heaters obstructs the air flow. This will prevent optimal heating of the room. The furnace will require more power to heat the room that will result in increased energy bills. Keeping the vents free of any obstruction will ensure optimal heating.
5. Clean the fireplace
Cleaning the fireplace is another effective way to ensure optimal heating during the winters. Consider having the inside of the fireplace cleaned with a wire brush. Also, you should keep the fireplace damper closed unless using it to heat the room. Keeping the damper open is similar to having the windows open, due to the air will flow out of the room.
Other ways to lower your energy bills
Apart from following the above tips, it’s essential that you have the heating system regularly serviced by an experienced technician. The technician can also detect and resolve the problems with the heating system before they do major damage.
To get in touch with an experienced heating technician in the areas of Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff, call Ace.