Your home is probably among your most precious investments. It helps you financially through improving equity, and it’s a space to raise your family and develop memorable moments, too. This time of year, you may also face higher energy expenses.
Consequently, finding methods to lower your heating bill in Pierre without compromising comfort can feel difficult.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences resemble vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others sip it slowly. Regardless of what kind of residence you own, there are methods to halt the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help your family stay toasty without driving up your energy bill.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive recommendation out there. It’s also the best method to keep your heater functioning optimally throughout the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal factors contribute to how often you should get a new one. High allergen counts, pets and home size may also impact its life span. In most cases, low-priced filters should be changed every month. Pleated styles made with better material might work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing homeowners 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 add warmth to the residence. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Annual HVAC Service
It’s standard to have an Expert stop by your residence in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is ready for the warm weather.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other actions, an inspection typically includes:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal components
- Taking a look at system shutdown and startup procedures
Regular service helps lessen the odds of facing an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have found as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with regular maintenance.
Examine Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for cold air. Insulating window and door frames is an economical approach to help keep frigid air out.
Here’s one check that Hughes suggests.
Latch a door. Can you see any light? If that’s the case, it’s not fully sealed. Changes or weather-stripping may be needed.
If you have single-pane windows, you may want to consider a dual-pane option.
A lot of homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad solution, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cool air out.
When you switch to 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 recommends against leaving it on for an extended period of time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t allow it to work after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out heated air outside and pulls in cold air. Running these appliances continuously will make your heater to run more often to fight the avoidable chill.
Look at Your Home’s Edges for Leaks
Inspect your residence’s building envelope. This is the boundary that protects your residence from the elements. If you have a basement, watch for fluttering cobwebs or chilly air leaking in around the sides.
Polyurethane sealers and other things can be used to mend basement walls allowing air into your home. Another inexpensive tip is to add foam seals for fixture bases, like ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re quick to install 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 appropriate insulation levels in your home 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 find the suitable R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This value is based on the geographic area where your home is.
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Winter may be trying for homeowners with underperforming units.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or needing extensive repair, there’s a reasonable chance you’re not able to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass pricey fixes through a modest monthly fee.
We’ll also put in a high-efficiency system in your home. Plus our Expert techs will repair and tune it up for you without any extra out-of-pocket cost
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