Your house is likely at the top of the list of your most precious investments. It supports you financially through equity-building, and it’s a space to watch your family grow and develop memories, too. This time of year, you may also be experiencing growing heating expenses.
As a result, finding methods to lower your heating bill in Mobile without compromising comfort can seem harder than it needs to be.
As far as energy efficiency, residences are similar to motor vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others drink it gradually. Regardless of what kind of house you have, there are ways to stop the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to keep your family comfortable without driving up your energy bill.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective recommendation there is. It’s also the best way to keep your heating system functioning optimally during the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal determinants affect how often you should put in a new one. High allergen counts, pets and house size might also impact its durability. Generally, low-priced filters should be changed each month. Pleated ones made with higher-quality material may work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing folks 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 home. A dirty filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a technician come to your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your air conditioner is prepared for the heat.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other actions, an inspection commonly involves:
- Double-checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal components
- Examining system shutdown and startup processes
Maintenance helps lessen the possibility of dealing with an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been avoided with normal service.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Holes
Windows and doors are a central entry point for cold air. Sealing window and door frames is an cost effective approach to help keep frigid air where it belongs.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes suggests.
Close a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s the case, it’s not fully sealed. Changes or weather-stripping might be necessary.
If your house has single-pane windows, you should think over a dual-pane option.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic film.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air outside.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it going for a long time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t let it to operate after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels heated air out and adds cold air. Running these appliances all the time will force your furnace to run more often to manage the preventable cold.
Inspect Your House’s Perimeter for Holes
Evaluate your residence’s building envelope. This is the boundary that protects your residence from the elements. If your home has a basement, check for blowing cobwebs or cold leaking in near the sides.
Polyurethane sealers and other solutions can be purchased to mend basement walls letting air into your house. Another economical tip is to get foam seals for fixture bottoms, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to use and are great at keeping the cold air out in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth making sure that you have appropriate insulation levels in your house as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes 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 area where your home is.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter could be tough for homeowners with underperforming units.
If your furnace is going out or in need of extensive repair, there’s a fair chance you’re not able to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we offer our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you avoid expensive service calls through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-efficient system in your home. Plus our pro technicians will overhaul and maintain it for you without any extra out-of-pocket fee
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