Each winter, home heating bills take a big bite out of household budgets, but there are ways that homeowners can reduce this amount through affordable long and short-term fixes. Here are the best tips from NJ’s home heating specialists:
- Replace worn weather stripping: Worn caulking and sealing around windows and doors cost homes between 7-12% of their heating, and the chilly air that they let in are often the reason behind cranking up the furnace even higher. Furnaces on a thermostat will do this automatically, so you may not even be aware of how hard it’s working to maintain a cozy temperature. Replacing these seals is quick and affordable, and can easily be done by a handyman or even DIY.
- Snuggle up: These days, it’s almost second nature to keep your home so warm that all you require is a light top or thin sweater when you’re inside – but this is an easy way for your bill to get out of control. One of the biggest differences you can make is to lower your thermostat to the recommended 68° in the daytime and 55° at night, and cuddle up in a thick sweater, socks and a blanket. Just by lowering the temperature at night, you can save around 10% on your annual bill!
- Maintain your furnace: A clear, unblocked furnace isn’t just safer for your home – it’s more reliable and ensures that it works at its highest efficiency. Check your filter each month and replace it when dirty. If you notice other issues with your furnace, call in the professionals to take a look.
- Insulation: Homes are not very energy-efficient structures, and when there’s no insulation, heat will leak right out of your roof, windows and even electrical outlets. Insulation is inexpensive, and you’ll quickly get a return on your investment once it’s installed, as your furnace won’t have to work as hard to keep you warm. The best place to start with insulation is foam weather stripping around your windows and doors.
Wholesale furnaces and replacement parts in NJ
If you would like to replace your home’s HVAC system, furnace or water heater with state-of-the-art heating systems, the specialists at Crosstown Plumbing Supply can assist you. With over 25 years of experience as plumbing wholesalers in New Jersey, we’re the right partner to help you choose the right replacement option for your needs. Customers can also benefit from our location in a 3.5% NJ sales tax zone, making your project even more affordable.