Your house is likely among your most valued investments. It helps you financially through building equity, and it’s a place to raise your family and develop memories, too. When it’s cold, you could also be experiencing growing gas expenses.
Consequently, finding tactics to lower your heating bill in Wheeling without compromising comfort can feel difficult.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences are similar to motor vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others use it steadily. Regardless of what sort of house you own, there are steps to end the discomfort this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to keep your family comfortable without going over budget.
- Replace Your Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective suggestion that exists. It’s also the best method to keep your heater running smoothly during the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal elements affect how frequently you should replace it. Increased allergen counts, pets and home size may also affect its durability. In most cases, low-priced filters should be changed every month. Pleated models made with denser 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 go through it and actually add warmth to the home. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s normal to have an Expert come by your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepped for the heat.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other steps, an inspection typically includes:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup processes
Maintenance helps lessen the odds of handling an emergency repair in the middle of a cold snap. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been stopped with standard tune-ups.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for chilly air. Insulating window and door frames is an cost effective approach to help keep cold air where it belongs.
Here’s one check that Hughes recommends.
Close a door. Can you see any light? If that’s the case, it’s not totally sealed. Changes or weather-stripping could be necessary.
If you have single-pane windows, you should think over a dual-pane option.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad solution, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping chilled air outside.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it running for a long time.
The same goes for for the dryer. Don’t let it to work after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out hot air away from your home and increases cold air. Running these appliances longer than needed will require your HVAC system to work harder to battle the unnecessary chill.
Inspect Your House’s Outer Edges for Holes
Evaluate your residence’s exterior. This is the area that shields your residence from the outdoors. If you have a basement, look for moving cobwebs or cool air leaking in around the edges.
Polyurethane products and other options can be used to mend basement walls leaking air into your house. Another economical tip is to add 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.
Measure Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have thick enough insulation levels in your attic as well. Nine in 10 U.S. houses are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the recommended R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This value is formulated on the geographic location where you live.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter may be tough for homeowners with old systems.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or in need of expensive 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 costly service calls through a small monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-efficient system in your residence. Plus our professional specialists will fix and tune it up for you without any additional out-of-pocket cost
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Make your Wheeling home more energy efficient with pro help from Comfort Masters Service Experts.
For more details about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 847-250-6729 or contact us online today.