Big houses will typically consume more energy. This means higher bills as well. Any reduction in consumption can have a significant effect on your monthly expenses and even more on a yearly basis.
It's good to know that there's something you can do to reduce your heating bills. Here are a few tips on how you can do that.
Perform an Energy Audit
The first step toward efficiently heating your home is finding out the energy status of your home. Conduct an energy audit of your home to find out where your heat is going. Most companies that offer heating services can do the audit for you. Once you know where your home might be losing heat, you can do something about it, which may include HVAC repair.
Seal and Insulate Your Home
Next, take measures to seal all escape routes for heat. Pay particular attention to the roof and attic, walls, windows, and doors. If your heating system uses a tank, cover it with an insulation blanket. Also, insulate hot water pipes around the tank to prevent further heat loss.
Time Your Heating
Find out how long it takes for your home to heat and also how long it takes to cool. You don't want to turn on the heater too early and turn it off too late. To make it easier for you to time yourself, install a programmable thermostat. This way, you do not have to set temperatures every day.
Install Individual Thermostat and Radiators
Consider installing individual thermostats and radiators. These allow you to control temperatures of individual rooms. As a result, you can turn off the heat in the rooms that are not in use.
You can also turn down the heat to suit your needs without affecting other rooms. For example, if you have many people in the living room, you may not need as much heat. You may also need less heat in the kitchen while you're cooking.
Replace Your Heater
If your heater is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a more energy efficient one. Choose one that will heat individual rooms rather than the whole house at once.
Review Your Lighting
Replace your lights with energy-efficient lighting, such as LED lights. Also, turn off lights when rooms are not in use.
Big homes often translate into big energy bills. But this does not have to be so. To make your heating more efficient, insulate your home, fit your home with energy-efficient heating fixtures, and finally, consider upgrading your heater to a more energy-efficient one.