Keeping warm in an old house can be a tricky affair. Some of the rooms will be freezing while others will be very warm. The house can get pretty uncomfortable and the heating bills will skyrocket. However, there you can do something to save the situation and it involves making a few fixes that you could do yourself or hire a professional contractor.
The house remains cold despite your efforts
In case, your old house remains frigid cold even though the heating system is working full time then probably all the heat escapes. The solution to this problem is to insulate thoroughly. The first place to begin the insulation is the attic because as we know it hot air rises. Find a professional contractor to help with the wall insulation if you do not want to mess with the plaster or wiring. In case, the floor has some space for insulation then utilize it, especially in the much colder northern climate. Ensure all the heat is kept inside by fixing the windows and doors.
Little room for installing new heating systems
You may wish to install a new heating system, but your old house may have no room to fit it in. The old house designs did not have much room and did not include closets. The solution in this scenario, for instance, would be to use dry radiant systems. The systems increase the floor insulation while reducing the room height by just an inch. It is the best method to make use of the small space in your old house. Find out more about radiant heating and select the most appropriate type to make your old house warm.
Utilize the existing heating system in the old house
The historic houses had their own heating systems that could be still of be of use such as the boiler system. The outdated radiators in the old boiler systems would, however, need to be upgraded so as to be more efficient. Ensure the wood stoves and fireplaces are working efficiently generating enough heat for the house.
Seal off all drafts
Once the insulation is working and the heat running now you need to handle the drafts that could be increasing your heating bills. You must seal all the drafts and insulate all hidden outlets such as wiring and switches using weather stripping insulating pads. Use heavy-duty caulk and thick plastic film to seal old wood windows and all hidden vents.
Consider other heating alternatives
During the winter time, your heating bills can become too much to bear and you may have to find other heating alternatives. Consider using a wood stove since firewood is cheap and you can combine it with other methods of heating to stay warm. Besides firewood, there is coal, oil fuels, and natural gas. Find out other alternative heating fuels that you can utilize to keep warm in an old house during winter.
There are more alternatives for houses that have ductwork already installed to reduce the heating bills through furnace upgrades. It is a huge investment that eventually pays off with significant yearly savings on utility bills.
Before the winter season kicks in, try to explore your options whether it is the old boiler system, geothermal heating, wood stoves, natural gas, radiant heating system or proper insulation and sealing off drafts. Find the best heating combination that will reduce your utility bills and help you stay warm during the coldest months.