When you seek the comfort of your home during the freezing winter weather, you want to stay warm. At the same time, you don't want to spend a fortune on heating costs. To ensure you aren't paying more than you have to and you are staying warm, here are a few things you need to do inside the home to improve its efficiency, reduce heat loss and improve heat retention:
1. Adjust Your Door Thresholds.
Take a look at your exterior doors. Can you see daylight at the bottom? If so, then that means that you can probably also feel cool air coming into your home from outside. Your door needs to touch the threshold in order to keep that cold air out and the hot air in. Most thresholds will have a few screws that you can turn counterclockwise to adjust the height of the threshold. This will help to eliminate the gap. Lift the threshold until you can no longer see daylight. However, make sure that the door will still easily open and close. If you don't want to go to this length, you can always get a draft snake to place across the bottom of the door for the same effect.
2. Use Tin Foil to Reflect Heat.
If your home is equipped with radiators, you may want to consider adding some aluminum foil behind the unit. The tin foil works to reflect the heat from the unit back into the living area. This will help to cut down on energy costs and make it much easier to stay warm in the home. You can tape the foil to the wall behind the radiator with two-sided tape or duct tape. Just make sure the reflective side of the foil faces the room and that it frames the radiator. If this seems a bit too tacky for your taste, you can cut the foil so that it is mostly hidden by the radiator and isn't as obvious to guests that come over.
3. Insulate Your Electrical Wall Outlets and Switches.
You may not think that these little things leak much heat, but when you consider every single one of them in your home, it equates to substantial heat loss. Luckily, you can easily remedy the situation yourself for a nominal fee. You can find pre-cut foam plate seals and caulking at your local hardware store. Before getting started, make sure electricity is turned off to the area in the home where you are working. Then, using a screwdriver, remove the cover plate for the outlet or the switch. Locate and insert the correctly-sized seal, line up the holes and replace the outlet or switch plate. You can use the caulking to increase the insulation by caulking around the perimeter of the boxes.
One final consideration is to speak to your local HVAC expert to have your heating unit inspected and routine maintenance performed, if necessary, as this will help ensure it operates at peak efficiency. Contact a business, such as Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc, for help.