Your house is likely one of your most treasured investments. It helps you financially through increasing equity, and it’s an area to raise your family and make memorable moments, too. This time of year, you might also face increased energy expenses.
As a consequence, finding methods to lower your heating bill in Buffalo without giving up comfort can appear challenging.
As far as energy efficiency, residences are similar to vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others drink it slowly. Regardless of what type of home you have, there are methods to block the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to keep you toasty without breaking the bank.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective recommendation out there. It’s also the best method to keep your heating system running optimally during the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal elements affect how frequently you should replace it. High allergen counts, pets and home size can also impact its longevity. Generally, inexpensive filters should be replaced every month. Pleated models made with denser material might make it 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 move through it and actually warm the house. A clogged filter makes your HVAC system work harder.”
- Schedule Annual HVAC Service
It’s common to have a technician stop by your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is ready for the heat.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other procedures, an inspection commonly covers:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal components
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup processes
Regular service helps lessen the probability 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 prevented with routine service.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a leading entry point for cold air. Caulking window and door frames is an practical method to help keep cold air out.
Here’s one test that Hughes recommends.
Shut a door. Is any light visible? If so, it’s not entirely sealed. Changes or weather-stripping may be needed.
If your house has single-pane windows, you may want to consider a dual-pane upgrade.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cool air out.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you need the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it on for too long.
The same goes for for the dryer. Don’t allow it to run after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out heated air outside and increases cold air. Running these appliances continuously will require your heater to run more often to handle the preventable coldness.
Check Your Home’s Outer Edges for Leaks
Examine your residence’s exterior. This is the barrier that shields your house from the elements. If your home has a basement, look for moving cobwebs or cold leaking in near the corners.
Polyurethane sealant and other solutions can be purchased to plug basement walls allowing air into your house. Another economical idea is to get foam seals for fixture bases, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to use and are fantastic at stopping cold air in the winter.
Check 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. houses are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the recommended R-value for your house’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is formulated on the geographic area where you live.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter could be tough for homeowners with inefficient systems.
If your furnace is going out or in need of extensive repair, there’s a decent chance you’re not able to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass pricey repairs through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-saving system in your home. Plus our Expert specialists will overhaul and tune it up for you without any extra out-of-pocket cost
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