Your home is probably among your most treasured investments. It supports you financially through boosting equity, and it’s a place to enjoy with your family and create moments you’ll remember, too. During the winter, you might also be experiencing increased energy costs.
As a result, finding ways to lower your heating bill in Tempe without lowering comfort can seem difficult.
When it comes to energy efficiency, homes are similar to cars. Some consume a lot of energy while others use it steadily. Regardless of what type of residence you own, there are methods to halt the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to help you stay comfortable without driving up your energy bill.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most economical solution out there. It’s also the best method to keep your heating system operating smoothly during the winter.
The kind of filter and seasonal determinants affect how regularly you should get a new one. High allergen counts, pets and residence size may also affect its life span. Typically, cheap filters should be changed each month. Pleated ones made with thicker material may make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the large thing people forget about,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more overloaded the filter is, the less air is able to be filtered through it and actually heat the home. An overloaded filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a technician visit your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is prepared for the heat.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other actions, an inspection commonly includes:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup controls
A tune-up helps decrease the probability of facing an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with routine tune-ups.
Check Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a primary entry point for chilly air. Insulating window and door frames is an economical approach to help keep frigid air where it belongs.
Here’s one check that Hughes recommends.
Latch a door. Is any light visible? If so, it’s not entirely sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping may be required.
If your home has single-pane windows, you may want to think about a dual-pane option.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad solution, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air out.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you need the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it going for too long.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t allow it to work after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out warm air away from your home and pulls in cold air. Operating these appliances longer than needed will make your HVAC system to run more often to fight the avoidable cold.
Check Your Residence’s Edges for Holes
Evaluate your house’s exterior. This is the area that protects your residence from the outdoors. If you have a basement, watch for blowing cobwebs or cold trickling in near the sides.
Polyurethane sealant and other things can be bought to mend basement walls allowing air into your house. Another inexpensive idea is to get foam seals for fixture undersides, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to use and are great at keeping the cold air out in the winter.
Measure Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have appropriate insulation levels in your home as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the suitable R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is based on the geographic area where you’re located.
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Winter might be rough for homeowners with old systems.
If your furnace is going out or requiring costly repair, there’s a fair 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 put in an energy-efficient system in your residence. Plus our professional specialists will repair and maintain it for you without any extra out-of-pocket cost
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