Wintertime in Maine tends to be worse than in other states. Portland, one of its’ most populated cities, experiences an average temperature of 12 degrees Fahrenheit in January, the coldest month. For this reason, locals will have no other choice but to rely on their heating systems to keep warm, although Jonathan Fahey of the Associated Press warns that they should brace themselves for higher heating costs this year.
After two years of flat or lower fuel prices, many residents will pay sharply more to heat their homes this winter, according to government forecasts out this week.
But there are a number of ways residents can blunt the expected rise in heating bills – beyond putting on a turtleneck.
Staying warm is expected to cost more because fuel prices are rising and forecasts call for cooler weather in some areas after two relatively warm winters. Natural gas, propane, and electricity prices are expected to rise, affecting 94 percent of U.S. households. Heating oil users will catch a slight price break, but still pay near-record bills to heat their homes.
Fortunately, locals don’t have to endure the cold to keep their heating costs at the minimum. One good way to do that is to make sure that their windows don’t have gaps or holes in them because these lead to air leaks and drafts, making their heating systems work even harder to keep their homes warm. Homeowners can have such gaps sealed and caulked, but if there are far too many of them, it’s wiser to have them replaced with energy-efficient Maine windows.
One integral component of energy-efficient windows is glass with low-emissivity coating. When Low-E glass is used on windows in Portland, Maine, the heat from a furnace or heat pump is retained in the home. This ensures residents are warm and cozy even when their systems are set at a minimum.
When it comes to windows replacement, people often talk about the benefit of getting energy-efficient windows for reduced heating costs. Understanding what qualifies as energy-efficient windows allows locals to make a smart purchasing decision. Seeking the services of window replacement professionals like the ones from Renewal by Andersen of Maine can help them make the right choice too.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Higher heating costs forecast, Pressherald.com, October 12 2013)