Your home is usually among your most treasured investments. It supports you financially through equity-building, and it’s a place to enjoy with your family and develop moments you’ll remember, too. During the winter, you could also be dealing with increased energy costs.
As a result, finding ways to lower your heating bill in Tempe without giving up comfort can seem harder than it needs to be.
When it comes to energy efficiency, homes are like vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others drink it gradually. Regardless of what type of residence you own, there are methods to halt the chill 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 heater operating optimally during the winter.
The kind of filter and seasonal elements influence how regularly you should put in a new one. High allergen counts, pets and house size might also affect its life span. Generally, 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 homeowners forget about,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more full the filter is, the less air is able to go through it and actually heat the home. A dirty filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s standard to have a technician visit your residence in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepared for the heat.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other actions, an inspection typically includes:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup procedures
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 service.
Check Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a primary entry point for frigid air. Insulating window and door frames is an economical approach to help keep cold air where it belongs.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes suggests.
Latch a door. Is any light visible? If so, it’s not entirely sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping may be necessary.
If you have single-pane windows, you may want to think over a dual-pane option.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad solution, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air outside.
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 during cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it on 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 heated air away from your home and pulls in cold air. Running these appliances continuously will force your HVAC system to work harder to battle the preventable cold.
Examine Your House’s Edges for Cracks
Evaluate your home’s building envelope. This is the boundary that protects your residence from the outdoors. If you have a basement, be on the lookout for fluttering cobwebs or cold coming in near the corners.
Polyurethane products and other solutions can be bought to fix basement walls allowing air into your house. Another inexpensive move is to get foam seals for fixture undersides, like ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to use and are great at keeping the cold air out in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring 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 recommends checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the recommended R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This suggestion is based on the geographic area where you’re located.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be rough for homeowners with inefficient equipment.
If your furnace is going out or requiring expensive service, there’s a fair chance you’re not set to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass expensive fixes through a modest monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-efficient system in your residence. Plus our professional techs will repair and tune it up for you without any additional out-of-pocket cost
Request an Appointment with Us Right Away
Make your Tempe house more energy efficient with pro assistance from Bob Brown Service Experts.
For more details about our Advantage Program or to book an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 623-243-4517 or contact us online now.