It doesn’t matter how expensive, how big, or how efficient your heating system is if your Brooklyn home leaks warm air like a sieve. If it’s not properly sealed and insulated, your money will run away with all that warm air this winter.
As a service to our Brooklyn neighbors, Petri Plumbing and Heating offers six winter tips to conserve energy and ensure your home is warm and cozy. These simple energy-saving steps will help save money on your electric bills.
- Reverse your ceiling fans. This is an easy trick, yet many people aren’t fully aware of it. Look for a switch on your fan and move it to a clockwise setting. This will blow warm air down and can cut your heating costs.
- Cut the drafts. Use or make a draft snake to put at the base of drafty doorjambs. This keeps warm air in and cold air out.
- Get your heat source tuned up. Faulty furnaces and boilers have to work harder, and that leads to higher energy bills. Petri experts can provide furnace tune-ups to our Brooklyn neighbors.
- Seal your windows. Some people think plastic sheeting over windows is unsightly, but insulating your windows is another key to energy savings. Cover them with drapes if you find it unattractive.
- Caulk it up. Identify any drafty areas or cracks that allow in outside air and caulk them. Holding a candle or smoldering incense and noting movement of flame or smoke can help identify areas that are candidates for caulking.
- Wear layers. One sure-fire way to save money on your energy bills this winter is to put on a sweater instead of nudging up the thermostat. That might be the simplest step you can take.
If you noticed any problems with your boiler or furnace last winter, the team at Petri Plumbing can advise you on your options for repairing or replacing it. If you need assistance, contact us at (718) 748-1254 today to learn more.