Your home is likely one of your most prized investments. It supports you financially through equity-building, and it’s a place to watch your family grow and develop memorable moments, too. This time of year, you may also be experiencing growing energy costs.
As a result, finding tactics to lower your heating bill in Rochester without lowering comfort can seem challenging.
In regard to energy efficiency, residences are similar to cars. Some guzzle energy while others sip it slowly. Regardless of what kind of residence you own, there are ways to stop the discomfort this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help your family stay comfortable without breaking the bank.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive suggestion out there. It’s also the best method to keep your heating system operating optimally during the winter.
The kind of filter and seasonal elements affect how frequently you should put in a new one. Increased allergen counts, pets and house size might also affect its longevity. In most cases, cheap filters should be changed monthly. Pleated ones made with higher-quality material may work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing folks overlook,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more full the filter is, the less air is able to be filtered through it and actually heat the home. A clogged filter makes your HVAC system work harder.”
- Schedule Annual HVAC Service
It’s standard to have an Expert 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 steps, an inspection usually covers:
- Double-checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and lubricating internal pieces
- Taking a look at system shutdown and startup processes
Regular service helps lower the odds of handling an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have found as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been stopped with routine tune-ups.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a main entry point for chilly air. Sealing window and door frames is an cost effective way to help keep frigid air outside.
Here’s one test that Hughes advises.
Latch a door. Is any light visible? If so, it’s not totally sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping might be necessary.
If your house has single-pane windows, you might want to think over a dual-pane option.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cool air outside.
When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan throughout cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it running for an extended period of time.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t let it to run after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels heated air outside and pulls in cold air. Running these appliances continuously will make your furnace to use more energy to fight the avoidable cold.
Examine Your House’s Outer Edges for Cracks
Examine your residence’s building envelope. This is the boundary that shields your residence from the weather. If you have a basement, watch for moving cobwebs or cold coming in around the corners.
Polyurethane sealant and other solutions can be bought to plug basement walls letting air into your home. Another affordable move is to get foam seals for fixture bases, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to use and are awesome at keeping the cold air out in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have thick enough insulation levels in your house as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes don’t have enough insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the suitable R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is based on the geographic spot where your home is.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be tough for homeowners with failing systems.
If your furnace is going out or in need of costly fixes, there’s a fair chance you’re not prepared to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we offer our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent expensive fixes through a modest monthly fee.
We’ll also hook up an energy-saving system in your residence. Plus our Expert technicians will repair and service it for you without any additional out-of-pocket fee
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