Your residence is usually one of your most valued investments. It supports you financially through equity-building, and it’s a space to watch your family grow and develop memorable moments, too. When it’s cold, you may also be experiencing higher heating bills.
As a consequence, finding tactics to lower your heating bill in West Palm Beach without compromising comfort can appear harder than it needs to be.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences are like cars. Some guzzle energy while others use it steadily. Regardless of what type of home you live in, there are ways to halt the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to keep you toasty without breaking the bank.
- Replace Your Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive recommendation there is. It’s also the best approach to keep your furnace running optimally during the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal determinants affect how frequently you should replace it. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size might also impact its life span. Generally, inexpensive filters should be replaced every month. Pleated models made with denser material may make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing people 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 be filtered through it and actually warm the residence. A dirty filter makes your HVAC system work harder.”
- Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a tech come to your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your air conditioner is prepared for the summer.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other actions, an inspection typically covers:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal components
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup procedures
A tune-up helps lessen the probability 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 stopped with routine tune-ups.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for cold air. Insulating window and door frames is an practical method to help keep cold air out.
Here’s one check that Hughes recommends.
Latch a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s the case, it’s not entirely sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping may be required.
If you have single-pane windows, you may want to think over a dual-pane improvement.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cool air where it belongs.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or better.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you need the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it on for a long time.
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 hot air outside and adds cold air. Running these appliances continuously will make your HVAC system to use more energy to take care of the preventable coldness.
Check Your Residence’s Outer Edges for Leaks
Examine your residence’s building envelope. This is the boundary that protects your house from the outside. If there’s a basement, look for moving cobwebs or cold flowing in near the sides.
Polyurethane products and other options can be bought to fix basement walls leaking air into your house. Another affordable move is to get foam seals for fixture bottoms, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to put in and are awesome at stopping cold air in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have appropriate insulation levels in your attic as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the appropriate R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is formulated on the geographic location where you’re located.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter could be rough for homeowners with inefficient systems.
If your furnace is failing or requiring extensive repair, there’s a reasonable chance you’re not able to spend thousands on a modern system.
That’s why we offer our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent costly service calls through a modest monthly fee.
We’ll also hook up an energy-efficient system in your home. Plus our Expert technicians will overhaul and tune it up for you without any added out-of-pocket fee
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