Saving heating without shivering is entirely possible and conceivable. How ? The answer is in this article.
More than an observation, it is a fact. The prices of energy, gas, fuel oil and electricity are constantly rising. Whatever the reasons behind this increase, the production of heating represents two thirds of the energy bill of a dwelling. A significant expense for the majority of households in France. A situation which is not about to improve and which may lead some to go without heating throughout the winter month. However, it is quite possible to reduce your heating costs and prevent your energy costs from skyrocketing at the same time. To achieve this, all you need to do isadopt daily eco-gestures for more responsible consumption. Habits that will allow you to reduce your energy bills by making far from negligible savings.
Caulk doors and windows to reduce heating costs
One of the first actions to consider in order to reduce your heating costs and thus achieve energy savings, is to optimize the insulation of your windows and doors. Indeed, such equipment may present cracks or worn and torn joints allowing the entry of cold drafts. In this case, all you have to do is inspect the frame of your windows and doors, looking for the slightest flaw. To remedy this, it is possible to improve the sealing of windows and doors. You can therefore consider installing caulking seals on the edge of the windows or the sides of the door, opting for foam, rubber or silicone seals. Although it is more affordable and easier to install, the foam seal is considered the least resistant, due to its adhesive side which does not provide optimal insulation. The rubber seal is more resistant and more effective in terms of insulation and can be installed in several ways: glued, stapled or nailed. For its part, the silicone seal is the one that offers the most guarantees against water infiltration and heat loss, being applied with a gun.
Nevertheless and before making your choice, remember to check the compatibility of your equipment, wood, aluminum or PVC with the type of installation envisagedas well as the thickness and length of joints you wish to use on the entire framing.
Maintain your equipment to lower the heating bill
To reduce your energy bills, using your heating efficiently will not be enough if you do not think about maintaining your equipment. Indeed, it is advisable to regularly dust your radiators so that they work properly. Indeed, the accumulation of dust within this equipment, whether electric or with a hot water system, prevents the proper circulation of heat within your interior. Your radiator therefore becomes less efficient and is forced to consume additional energy in order to function better. The same goes for boilers, this equipment must be maintained annually by calling on a licensed professional. This will ensure its proper functioning and avoid any overconsumption of energy.
Finally, don’t forget to have your chimney swept. This action will not only prevent any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fires due to clogging of the chimney, but also save energy. Do not hesitate to turn to a chimney sweep holding a professional qualification as well as an authorization authorizing him to carry out this activity.
In addition, you can always call on a technician, who equipped with a thermal camera will test the quality of the insulation and locate the areas of outside and inside air infiltration and thus put your finger on any possible energy losses. It will help you find solutions adapted to your home, allowing you to make a lot of savings along the way.