Your home is probably one of your most prized investments. It supports you financially through boosting equity, and it’s a place to watch your family grow and develop moments you’ll remember, too. When it’s cold, you may also be dealing with rising energy expenses.
As a consequence, finding tactics to lower your heating bill in the U.S. without compromising comfort can seem difficult.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences are like motor vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others drink it slowly. Regardless of what type of house you live in, there are ways to block the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to help you stay toasty without breaking the bank.
It’s the most economical solution there is. It’s also the best approach to keep your furnace operating properly during the winter.
The kind of filter and seasonal factors influence how often you should put in a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and residence size may also influence its durability. Generally, low-priced filters should be changed each month. Pleated styles made with better material could last three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing homeowners ignore,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more full the filter is, the less air is able to move through it and actually add warmth to the home. A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder.”
It’s standard to have an Expert visit your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is prepped 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 includes:
A tune-up helps lower the odds of facing an emergency repair in the middle of a cold snap. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been avoided with routine maintenance.
Windows and doors are a central entry point for frigid air. Sealing window and door frames is an economical method to help keep frigid air where it belongs.
Here’s one test that Hughes suggests.
Close a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s the case, it’s not totally sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping could be required.
If your house has single-pane windows, you should think about a dual-pane option.
A lot of homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cool air outside.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
If you require the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it running for an extended period of time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t let it to operate after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels warm air out and adds cold air. Running these appliances longer than needed will force your heater to run more often to handle the avoidable coldness.
Evaluate your home’s perimeter. This is the area that protects your home from the outside. If your home has a basement, watch for blowing cobwebs or cool air trickling in near the sides.
Polyurethane sealant and other options can be used to mend basement walls allowing air into your house. Another inexpensive tip is to get foam seals for fixture bottoms, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re fast to install and are awesome at blocking cold air in the winter.
It’s worth making sure that you have adequate insulation levels
Hughes advises checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the suitable R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This value is formulated on the geographic spot where you live.
Winter might be trying for homeowners with aging systems.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or in need of major fixes, there’s a decent chance you’re not able to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we offer our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you avoid costly repairs through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-efficient system in your home. Plus our professional specialists will overhaul and maintain it for you without any added out-of-pocket expense
Make your the U.S. home more energy efficient with professional assistance from Service Experts.
For more details about our Advantage Program or to schedule an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 866-397-3787 or contact us online right away.
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