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7 Ideas to Lower Your Heating Bill in Wasatch Front This Winter

Your house is probably one of your most treasured investments. It supports you financially through increasing equity, and it’s an area to enjoy with your family and develop memories, too. This time of year, you could also face increased gas expenses. 

Consequently, finding approaches to lower your heating bill in Birmingham without lowering comfort can appear challenging. 

In regard to energy efficiency, homes resemble motor vehicles. Some require a lot of energy while others drink it slowly. Regardless of what type of home you have, there are steps to stop the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help your family stay comfy without breaking the bank. 

1. Replace Your Your Air Filter

It’s the most cost-effective solution out there. It’s also the best way to keep your furnace operating optimally during the winter. 

The type of filter and seasonal factors affect how regularly you should replace it. High allergen counts, pets and home size may also impact its life span. In most cases, inexpensive filters should be replaced monthly. Pleated ones made with thicker material could 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 loaded up the filter is, the less air is able to be filtered through it and actually add warmth to the residence. An overloaded filter makes your heating system work harder.” 

2. Schedule Regular HVAC Service

It’s normal to have a technician visit your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepped for the summer. 

But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before the winter too. 

Among other procedures, an inspection commonly includes: 

  • Double-checking thermostat settings 
  • Cleaning and oiling internal components 
  • Examining system shutdown and startup processes 

Maintenance helps lower the probability of dealing with an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been stopped with regular service. 

3. Examine Windows and Doors for Cracks

Windows and doors are a main entry point for chilly air. Insulating window and door frames is an inexpensive method to help keep frigid air out. 

Here’s one test that Hughes suggests. 

Shut a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s the case, it’s not entirely sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping could be needed. 

If your residence has 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 solution, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping cool air out. 

When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater. 

Man caulking the windows in home

4. Regulate Use of Vented Appliances

If you need the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it going for too long. 

The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t permit it to run after your clothes are done. 

Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out heated air out and increases cold air. Using these appliances all the time will force your heater to use more energy to handle the preventable coldness. 

5. Look at Your Residence’s Edges for Leaks

Check your residence’s building envelope. This is the barrier that separates your home from the elements. If there’s a basement, look for blowing cobwebs or cold trickling in close by the edges. 

Polyurethane sealers and other options can be used to fix basement walls allowing air into your residence. Another economical idea is to get foam seals for fixture bottoms, like ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets. 

They’re simple to install and are great at blocking cold air in the winter. 

6. Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic 

It’s worth making sure that you have appropriate insulation levels 

Hughes suggests checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the suitable R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is formulated on the geographic area where you’re located. 

7. Think About Our Advantage Program™ 

Winter might be rough for homeowners with old systems. 

If your furnace is going out or requiring costly service, there’s a decent chance you’re not able to spend thousands on a modern system. 

That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass pricey service calls through a modest monthly fee. 

We’ll also hook up a high-efficiency system in your home. Plus our pro specialists will overhaul and service it for you without any extra out-of-pocket expense 

Book an Appointment with Us Today 

Make your Birmingham house more energy efficient with expert assistance from Service Experts

For more information about our Advantage Program or to schedule an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 205-267-0023 or contact us online now. 

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