Three Tips For Cutting Your Heating Costs

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Heating a home through the winter can be an expensive business. In order to keep your costs down, you need to find ways to isolate the environment inside your home from what is going on outside as well as to optimize the efficiency of your heating system. In particular, you should look at your windows, roofing, and ducts. 

Window Film

Windows are notoriously poor insulators. You can't very well stuff them with insulation, so you need to find a way to isolate your home that does not involve blocking the view through your windows. Window films are transparent, but they will still have a reflective surface. Once you place window film on the inside of your windows, it will reflect heat back into your home and reduce your heating costs by 25%

Roofing

If you are really determined to save energy, you might try using a green roof. Some roofs, like metal or white roofs, will reflect away from your home, which can help to keep your home cool during the summer, but will do nothing to keep your home warm during the winter. On the other hand, a green roof will help to keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. The potting medium will help to retain heat that leaks through your attic insulation. 

Ducts

Ducts will develop leaks over time simply as a result of the pressure created by the air moving through the ducts. If your ducts are hidden behind the walls of your home, you will have to hire duct professionals to inspect and repair your ducts. If you exposed ducts, you can do the inspection and repair yourself. Just run a lit stick of incense along your ducts to find leaks and then paint over them with duct mastic to seal the leaks. In that leaky ducts can decrease your heating and cooling efficiency by up to 40%, you stand to save a lot of money even if you have to spend a little initially to get your ducts repaired in the first place. 

An HVAC system is more than just a furnace, an air conditioner, and a bunch of ducts. If you want to avoid devoting too much of your budget to heating your home, you need to take steps to improve your home's insulation envelope so that heat doesn't leak out and cool air doesn't leak in. You also need to make sure that you properly maintain your heating and cooling units so that they run at their optimum level. 

For more information, talk to heating professional like http://www.alliedme.com.

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