Although you might not want to think about winter just yet, it is, unfortunately, inevitable. And the stark reality is that there are many seniors who will have to choose between heating their homes and being able to eat, thanks to possible price hikes.
If you are worried about the cost of heating your home, you’ll be happy to know that there are many ways to do this at virtually no cost. Not only will this save you money, but also it can help you to have more money for retirement planning. There are several ways to save on heating this winter, and the best one for you will depend on the type of heating you have, how big your home is and how often you plan to turn the heat on.
Although this will cost money up front, consider the purchase of a reverse-cycle air conditioner. These units are incredibly energy-efficient and do generate a significant amount of heat. These units are best placed in a larger space like a living room.
Another unit that benefits larger spaces is the gas heater. A large space will likely benefit more from a gas heater that’s flued. This will mean that ventilation is required due to potential fume issues.
Because large spaces can also include high ceilings, it’s important to keep much lighter warm air from rising. This can be done by placing any ceiling fans on a reverse setting in order to draw warmer air down without creating a breeze.
A smaller space can benefit from an unflued gas heater, as this can be more efficient than the portable electric variety. A portable gas heater can be used for either a limited time or left on all day.
However, a portable electric heater can also have its place. To choose the right one, consider not only how much heat they will generate, but also how they distribute the generated heat, such as via a fan. It may also be best to choose a system that has simple controls and easy-to-understand instructions.
Before winter arrives, it may be beneficial to do a check around your home. Is your ceiling properly insulated, and your windows and doors draught-proof? If not, ensure these things have been done before the arrival of cooler weather. As well, it may be time to change some habits, such as the leaving open of doors to unheated areas, which can end up in a higher electricity bill.
Many solutions to generating heat in your home for little or no cost can be found online.
No matter which method you choose, the money you save on your energy bill can go straight into the bank for your retirement planning. For advice on what to do after the money’s saved, contact one of our professionals or download our free eBook.
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