Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Residential heating costs during winter can be very high if homeowners do not go the extra mile to ensure their homes are well insulated. This is because heat from within the house will be lost to the outside, causing your heating system to work extra hard to keep your home at the required temperature, thus increasing your heating costs as a result. There are some simple things you can do to ensure your home is well insulated during the cold winter months in order to prevent heat loss. You can easily do some of these things yourself, but for others, you will need the help of professionals. HVAC maintenance You should schedule regular maintenance of your HVAC unit with the professionals in order to keep it in good working condition. This should be done at regular intervals all year round, but even more during winter. Before the cold season begins, have the experts come in to inspect your HVAC unit and make any necessary repairs or replacements. This will ensure that you do not have to suffer because of a malfunctioned heating system right in the middle of winter. You should also move tables or any other furniture away from the vents to improve airflow in the house. Know your house’s heating zones You do not have to heat all the rooms in your house to the same temperature. You know the rooms where you spend more time in. You can keep the other rooms that you do not frequent as much at a lower temperature. Remember to keep the doors shut to prevent loss of heat to the less frequented parts of the house. You can also use double draught stoppers to seal the space under the doors and prevent loss of heat through this space. Double glaze your windows and glass doors Double glazed windows have two glass panes instead of one, and the air between the glass panes acts as a heat insulator. They have better thermal performance than single glazed windows and glass doors as they prevent heat loss to the outside. Add a layer of insulation to your attic A lot of heat can be lost through the attic if it is not well insulated. This is because hot air moves upwards. Therefore, adding a layer of insulation to your attic can help you save immensely on heating costs during winter. This can be an easy DIY project although it is a bit pricey. However, the cost savings will definitely be worth it. Insulate your basement If there are any exposed HVAC pipes in the basement, be sure to insulate them to prevent loss of heat in the basement before it gets to spaces that you want to be heated. Cover the floor with rugs and carpets This will help prevent loss of heat through the floor. Take advantage of the winter sun Although the winter sun is usually quite low, you can lower your heating costs by letting in the sunlight to heat up the house.