Five culprits to higher winter bills

Posted on Jan 27 2020 in Features
Man weatherstripping a door
Save energy by weather-stripping around doors and windows.

February can be hard on energy bills. But cold winter weather is no match for a home that is prepared to fight it. Address these five common winter culprits throughout your house:

  • Drafty doors and windows. An easy fix with a big payback is weather-stripping. Caulk or apply weather-stripping around all window and door seams, especially those leading to the basement or the attic. Weather-strip your attic access door.
  • Dirty filters. Dirty filters make your HVAC system work harder to heat the air. Aim to change the filter every three to six months.
  • Leaky Ducts. A contractor can test your ducts for leakage and repair any problems. Repair visible or accessible leaks with metal tape — not duct tape.
  • Chilly water heater. If your water heater is older or not well insulated, wrap it in an insulating jacket.
  • Wood fireplace. Traditional fireplaces pull heated air out of the house. When not in use, check that the damper is completely closed.