December 2019

Winter in New England is here, so we’ve put together some home heating tips that will not only save you some money this winter but also increase the comfort level throughout the house for you and your family.

  1. Find and Seal Leaks – Don’t let warm air escape through cracks around your home! Seal the air leaks that are usually found around utility pipes, gaps around your chimney, recessed lighting and around electrical outlets. It’s also a great idea to either caulk or add weatherstripping around drafty doors and windows. Getting these areas air-tight will help keep the cold air out and the warm air in!
  2. Keep Fireplace Damper Closed – If you’re lucky enough to have a wood burning fireplace in your home, you know how enjoyable they are when lit. However, you should also be aware of how much heat the chimney pulls out of your house if the damper is left open when the fireplace is not in use. Keeping the damper closed when there is no fire crackling will keep the warm air in your home from escaping. Don’t forget to open the flue or damper back up when you’re ready to light another fire though! If you’re a family who enjoys lighting a fire often, it might be a good idea to install glass doors. After the fire dies down, the glass doors keep the chimney from pulling the warm air from your home.
  3. Raise Your Humidity – Just like our lips and skin, our homes often feel dry during the wintertime. Surprisingly, the dryness or lower humidity throughout your home will also make you feel colder. Adding well-watered plants throughout the house or placing shallow bowls or containers filled with water on heating elements or on top of your refrigerator will add the humidity your home needs to feel extra cozy during the frigid months. Humidifiers can help immensely. Give us a call for more information about installation options for your home.
  4. Regular Heating System Maintenance – Periodic cleanings and tune-ups by your heating provider are integral for your system’s efficiency. If your home has a furnace or heat pump, it’s important that the filters are changed annually. A clogged filter will make your system work much harder to produce the heat that you desire. Give the expert heating technicians at Scott Energy a call to schedule your service appointment today!

If you have any questions on ways to heat your home throughout the winter, please feel free to email us at info@scottenergyco.com.