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Heating Options for Older Homes – Six ways to effectively and efficiently heat your home

Heating Options for Older Homes – Six ways to effectively and efficiently heat your home

There will come a time in the near future when we’ll all have to turn on our heat. When that time comes, Stafford Home Service Inc. provides effective, efficient heating options for older homes.

Older homes aren’t built with today’s upgraded materials and are likely to have gaps in windows and door frames that allow heat to escape. A recent study conducted by ConSol, a building consultant firm, found about one-third of the nation’s energy consumption comes from the residential sector. Homes built before 1983 are responsible for approximately 70 percent of that. With older homes responsible for eating up a large amount of our country’s energy, it’s beneficial to consider heating options that not only conserve energy but also help you save money.

Programmable Thermostats

Today’s can connect to Wi-Fi, are customizable to fit your family’s every need (or want), and are able to learn your habits and temperature preferences over time. With these capabilities, installing a programmable thermostat can turn your older home instantly into a smart house. Stafford Home Service Inc. installs a variety of thermostats and can help you choose the best one for your home and lifestyle.

Energy Audit

A great way to make sure you’re taking the right steps to keep your home warm and cost efficient this winter is to get a home energy audit. An energy audit consists of a full home assessment, and analysis using computer software. The audit will also provide an assessment of health and safety issues. Results will help pinpoint where your house is losing energy and provide you with options to help you save money. Find a qualified home energy professional here: http://www.resnet.us/directory/search.

Initiate the insulate

Lack of insulation is a common issue among older homes. After speaking with an energy auditor, you can determine whether insulation is needed or not, and if so, what type. A common form is a non-flammable resin foam filled with air bubbles that can be injected into your walls. Since this option doesn’t require the removal of walls and takes no longer than a day for an entire house, it makes a great heating option for older homes.

Make sure all vents are clear of furniture and doors

Sometimes we might not notice that a couch or lamp is covering a vital heat vent. It’s always a good idea to complete a room-to-room inspection yourself and double-check that vents are clear to maximize your home’s heating capabilities.

Electric Radiant Floor Heating

If your home needs a heating upgrade, electric radiant floor heating is a great option. In-floor heating solves issues such as cold spots in certain rooms. It can also serve as your home’s primary heating system. If you’re not a fan of cold tile bathroom floors, this is for you.

Install a humidifier

Dry air is a culprit for cracked woodwork in homes, allergy and respiratory issues, and everyone’s least favorite thing: chapped lips. Installing a whole-house humidifier will not only solve those problems but also help with energy conservation since you won’t be cranking up the heat due to the cool, dry air.

For further information about these heating options for older homes, or any of our services, contact Stafford Home Service Inc.. Help us help you stay warm this winter.

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