Your home is likely among your most precious investments. It supports you financially through improving equity, and it’s an area to raise your family and create memories, too. This time of year, you might also be dealing with growing energy expenses.
As a result, finding ways to lower your heating bill in North America without compromising comfort can feel harder than it needs to be.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences are like vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others sip it steadily. Regardless of what sort of residence you live in, there are ways to end the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help your family stay warm without driving up your energy bill.
- Replace Your Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive solution there is. It’s also the best method to keep your heater operating smoothly through the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal determinants influence how frequently you should get a new one. High allergen counts, pets and house size can also impact its life span. Generally, cheap filters should be changed monthly. Pleated models made with denser material might make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing homeowners overlook,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more loaded up the filter is, the less air is able to go through it and actually heat the home. A clogged filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Annual HVAC Service
It’s common to have a tech stop by your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your air conditioner is prepared for the warm weather.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other actions, an inspection typically covers:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and lubricating internal components
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup controls
Maintenance helps lower the probability of facing an emergency repair in the middle of a cold snap. Some reports have found as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been stopped with regular tune-ups.
Examine Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for frigid air. Caulking window and door frames is an practical way to help keep frigid air where it belongs.
Here’s one test that Hughes advises.
Close a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not fully sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping might be needed.
If your house has single-pane windows, you may want to consider a dual-pane option.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cold air where it belongs.
When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or better.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it going for a long time.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t let it to operate after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out warm air out and adds cold air. Operating these appliances continuously will make your HVAC system to work harder to fight the avoidable chill.
Inspect Your Residence’s Edges for Holes
Examine your house’s building envelope. This is the boundary that shields your home from the outside. If you have a basement, be on the lookout for fluttering cobwebs or cool air coming in around the sides.
Polyurethane products and other options can be used to plug basement walls letting air into your house. Another economical tip is to invest foam seals for fixture bottoms, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re quick to put in and are great at stopping cold air in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have adequate insulation levels in your attic as well. Nine in 10 U.S. residences are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the appropriate R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is established on the geographic location where you’re located.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be tough for homeowners with underperforming units.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or requiring costly fixes, there’s a decent chance you’re not set to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass costly fixes through a modest monthly fee.
We’ll also hook up an energy-efficient system in your home. Plus our professional specialists will overhaul and service it for you without any extra out-of-pocket cost
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