Your house is likely at the top of the list of your most treasured investments. It supports you financially through building equity, and it’s an area to watch your family grow and create memories, too. This time of year, you could also be dealing with higher gas bills.
As a consequence, finding approaches to lower your heating bill in the Niagara Region without lowering comfort can feel challenging.
When it comes to energy efficiency, houses are similar to cars. Some consume a lot of energy while others sip it gradually. Regardless of what type of house you have, there are steps to block the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to keep your family comfortable without breaking the bank.
- Get a New Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive suggestion out there. It’s also the best way to keep your furnace functioning optimally during the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal factors influence how regularly you should get a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and house size may also influence its longevity. Typically, inexpensive filters should be changed monthly. Pleated styles made with thicker material could work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing folks overlook,” 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 warm the home. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Annual HVAC Service
It’s normal to have an Expert come to your residence in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is ready for the heat.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other actions, an inspection commonly involves:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal pieces
- Examining system shutdown and startup controls
Regular service helps lessen the likelihood of dealing with an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been avoided with normal tune-ups.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for frigid air. Caulking window and door frames is an economical approach to help keep chilly air outside.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes recommends.
Latch a door. Can you see any light? If so, it’s not fully sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping may be needed.
If you have single-pane windows, you might want to consider a dual-pane improvement.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cool air out.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or better.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you need the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it going for an extended period of time.
The same goes for for the dryer. Don’t let it to operate after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan pulls out heated air outside and pulls in cold air. Running these appliances longer than needed will require your heater to use more energy to take care of the preventable cold.
Inspect Your House’s Edges for Holes
Evaluate your residence’s perimeter. This is the area that shields your home from the weather. If you have a basement, be on the lookout for blowing cobwebs or cold flowing in near the sides.
Polyurethane sealant and other things can be used to mend basement walls allowing air into your home. Another inexpensive tip is to get foam seals for fixture bases, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to install and are fantastic at keeping the cold air out in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth making sure that you have thick enough insulation levels in your residence as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the suitable R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This value is based on the geographic location where you’re located.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be trying for homeowners with inefficient equipment.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or requiring expensive service, there’s a reasonable chance you’re not ready to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass expensive repairs through a modest monthly fee.
We’ll also install an energy-saving system in your home. Plus our Expert techs will repair and tune it up for you without any additional out-of-pocket expense
Request an Appointment with Us Today
Make your the Niagara Region residence more energy efficient with Expert assistance from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
For more specifics about our Advantage Program or to schedule an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 289-273-2229 or contact us online today.