Your residence is likely at the top of the list of your most prized investments. It supports you financially through building equity, and it’s an area to raise your family and develop memories, too. When it’s cold, you might also be dealing with higher gas costs.
As a result, finding techniques to lower your heating bill in Hurricane without compromising comfort can appear harder than it needs to be.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences resemble cars. Some require a lot of energy while others drink it steadily. Regardless of what type of residence you own, there are steps to block the discomfort this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help your family stay comfy without breaking the bank.
- Replace Your Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective solution that exists. It’s also the best approach to keep your heater operating smoothly during the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal elements contribute to how often you should replace it. Increased allergen counts, pets and house size may also influence its durability. Generally, fiberglass filters should be replaced monthly. Pleated models made with denser material may make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the large thing people 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 residence. A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s common to have an Expert come to your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your air conditioner is prepared for the heat.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other steps, an inspection commonly involves:
- Double-checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal pieces
- Examining system shutdown and startup processes
Maintenance helps lessen the possibility 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 service.
Examine Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a primary entry point for cold air. Sealing window and door frames is an cost effective method to help keep cold air where it belongs.
Here’s one check that Hughes suggests.
Latch a door. Is any light visible? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not fully sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping may be required.
If your residence has single-pane windows, you might want to consider a dual-pane upgrade.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping chilled air out.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Limit Use of Vented Appliances
If you need the exhaust fan throughout cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it running for an extended period of time.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t allow 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 force your HVAC system to run more often to fight the avoidable coldness.
Examine Your Residence’s Outer Edges for Leaks
Evaluate your residence’s perimeter. This is the area that separates your house from the outside. If you have a basement, watch for blowing cobwebs or cool air coming in near the sides.
Polyurethane products and other solutions can be bought to mend basement walls leaking air into your residence. Another affordable idea is to get foam seals for fixture bases, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to use and are great at blocking cold air in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth making sure that you have adequate insulation levels in your house as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes have insufficient insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the appropriate R-value for your house’s walls and attic space. This value is based on the geographic location where you live.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be trying for homeowners with inefficient equipment.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or requiring extensive repair, there’s a reasonable chance you’re not prepared to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass pricey repairs through a modest monthly fee.
We’ll also install a high-efficiency system in your residence. Plus our Expert technicians will fix and tune it up for you without any extra out-of-pocket fee
Request an Appointment with Us Today
Make your Hurricane house more energy efficient with pro help from Teays Valley Service Experts.
For more specifics about our Advantage Program or to book an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 304-760-5088 or contact us online today.