These days saving energy is not just good for the environment, it is good for your wallet. It can also make you more comfortable. Popular Mechanics has a comprehensive energy saving check list
including how to do a home energy audit. However, if your utility bill is higher than the national average of $1300 a year, a professional home energy audit may be worth considering. Efficient and effective saving energy tips are listed on the bottom of this page.
Here are some tips to make your heating system more efficient and effective.
1. Start with basic maintenance of your home heating system. Some basic things like changing the air filter you can easily do yourself. Other maintenance might require a heating contractor (see Long Island Home Heating Contractors
category in our website directory). Exact maintenance needs vary with the type of home heating system you have (types include furnaces for forced hot air, hot water or steam, heat pumps and various types of radiant and space heaters). The United States Department of Energy offers a good heating system maintenance checklist
listed in Long Island Home Heating Contractors
2. Check for air leaks around windows and doors. Also check for drafts through electrical outlets switch plates, fireplace dampers , attic hatches and wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.
3. Check the outside of your house for cracks or gaps where two building materials join such as around the chimney, the foundation or siding corners. Caulk or seal any gaps or cracks you find. You should also plug and caulk holes or openings for faucets, pipes, electric outlets, and wiring.
Larger projects worth considering include adding or replacing storm windows, additional insulation in the attic (ceiling insulation to at least R-30 standards), upgrading to a programmable thermostat, buy and use insulating shutters or drapes (keep them closed during winter nights and summer days).
For more information on general heating systems, home heating advices, and more useful data please chech the following categories:
Long Island Home Heating Systems
Long Island Home Heating Systems, Solar Heating
Long Island Home Heating Oil Suppliers
Long Island Home Solar Panels