Out of all the costs that drill holes into our wallets at the end of each month, I would say that heating costs easily claim the crown. And when trying everything imaginable to cut down on heating bills, there are some things that come straight to mind, like insulation, quality windows, sealing up leaks- all reasonable things that most of us have already taken care of but that still don’t make that much of a difference when the line is drawn. So what else is out there?
1. Weather Proofing
Properly stripped doors should never allow you to feel a breeze or see light coming from the other side but more often than not this is not the case since this is a step many contractors skip. You can opt to fix the issue yourself, either with adhesive-backed weather strips at home improvement stores (like Home Depot or Wal-Mart) which are easy to apply and quite effective, or with weather proofing kits (found at the same stores).
2. Air Leakage
Although you’d normally never think of this, there is significant air leakage around electrical sockets, outlets, switches, plumbing vents, foundation seals, in between wires or pipes, mail slots and even where cable and phone lines enter your home. There is a simple way to check for leaks- turn off combustion appliances in your home, shut the windows, doors and any other obvious fans, dryers or air blowing devices and light an incense stick that you will pass around the room in places where you suspect leaks: if the smoke is sucked out, wavers or is blown into the room, you’ve located a leak. From there on, insulation possibilities are up to you and your contractor if you choose to hire one.
3. Infrared Heaters
Not a new concept in heating, although mostly used in industrial halls and with large surfaces, infrared heaters have been developed (according to producing companies) with three goals in mind: economy, safety and comfort that fit perfectly to the householders needs. So it seems that heating oil or electric fireplaces have become obsolete, since infrared heaters provide an excellent heating potential without actually getting hot. If you want to learn more about this technology you can check out www.infraredheatstore.com. That’s where we learned that you can turn electricity into infrared light in an effective manner (a great deal less energy is required in order to create heat than with normal appliances) and most importantly, fast: you can feel the difference in temperature anywhere between 3 and 5 minutes after turning your heater on. Another plus in my opinion is the lack of changes in room air: you will no longer need humidifiers or other such appliances because infrared heaters will not make room air dry.
There are two possibilities when heating your home with infrared heaters: you either go for the portable infrared heaters that do work well in larger areas and offer more features, temperature control and may even have fans incorporated or for the compact partial heaters, which are lower priced, compact and require almost no maintenance. The first is often bulky and you need to change the rubes from time to time, while the latter offers limited warmth distribution and offers less features.
And since you can buy reasonable heaters anywhere between 200$ and 500$ I see no reason why not to do the switch.