Your residence is probably one of your most prized investments. It helps you financially through equity-building, and it’s a place to watch your family grow and make memories, too. When it’s cold, you may also be dealing with rising heating expenses.
Consequently, finding methods to lower your heating bill in the Wasatch Front region without compromising comfort can seem difficult.
When it comes to energy efficiency, homes resemble vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others use it steadily. Regardless of what kind of house you have, there are methods to end the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to help your family stay comfy without breaking the bank.
- Replace Your Your Air Filter
It’s the most economical solution that exists. It’s also the best approach to keep your furnace operating smoothly throughout the winter.
The kind of filter and seasonal determinants influence how regularly you should put in a new one. High allergen counts, pets and home size can also affect its durability. Typically, cheap filters should be replaced every month. Pleated styles made with higher-quality material may work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the big 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 move through it and actually heat the house. An overloaded filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s common to have an Expert stop by your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepped for the heat.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other actions, an inspection usually includes:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal components
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup procedures
A tune-up helps decrease the chance of handling an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with normal service.
Examine Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a primary entry point for chilly air. Caulking window and door frames is an cost effective way to help keep chilly air out.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes suggests.
Close a door. Is any light visible? If that’s the case, it’s not totally sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping may be necessary.
If you have single-pane windows, you may want to consider a dual-pane improvement.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping chilled air outside.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or better.
Limit 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 operate after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out hot air outside and increases cold air. Using these appliances all the time will force your furnace to use more energy to fight the avoidable chill.
Inspect Your Home’s Perimeter for Holes
Examine your residence’s perimeter. This is the area that separates your residence from the outdoors. If there’s a basement, watch for moving cobwebs or cold coming in around the edges.
Polyurethane sealers and other options can be used to mend basement walls allowing air into your residence. Another cost-effective idea is to add foam seals for fixture undersides, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to use and are fantastic at blocking cold air in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have thick enough insulation levels in your residence as well. Nine in 10 U.S. houses are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises looking at the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the recommended R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is formulated on the geographic location where you’re located.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be rough for homeowners with old systems.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or in need of extensive service, there’s a decent chance you’re not able to spend thousands on a modern system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass expensive repairs through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-saving system in your residence. Plus our professional specialists will fix and service it for you without any additional out-of-pocket cost
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Make your home more energy efficient with Expert support from Barlow Service Experts.
For more information about our Advantage Program or to book an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 801-436-8985 or contact us online today.