Your residence is likely at the top of the list of your most prized investments. It helps you financially through increasing equity, and it’s an area to raise your family and develop memories, too. When it’s cold, you could also be experiencing rising gas costs.
Consequently, finding methods to lower your heating bill in Dayton without compromising comfort can appear harder than it needs to be.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences are like motor vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others sip it slowly. Regardless of what type of house you have, there are ways to stop the discomfort this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to keep you warm without driving up your energy bill.
- Replace Your Your Air Filter
It’s the most economical solution out there. It’s also the best way to keep your heater operating properly through the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal determinants influence how regularly you should put in a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size might also impact its life span. Typically, inexpensive filters should be changed monthly. Pleated styles made with higher-quality material might work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing folks forget about,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more overloaded the filter is, the less air is able to go through it and actually warm the home. An overloaded filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s normal to have an Expert come by your residence in the spring for AC service. That way, your air conditioner is ready for the heat.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other steps, an inspection usually involves:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal components
- Examining system shutdown and startup processes
A tune-up helps lower the likelihood of facing an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with regular maintenance.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Holes
Windows and doors are a central entry point for chilly air. Insulating window and door frames is an cost effective way to help keep frigid air where it belongs.
Here’s one check that Hughes suggests.
Shut a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s the case, it’s not fully sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping may be required.
If your house has single-pane windows, you should think over a dual-pane improvement.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping cold air out.
When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Limit Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it running for an extended period of time.
The same goes for for the dryer. Don’t let it to work after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out heated air away from your home and adds cold air. Running these appliances all the time will require your furnace to run more often to manage the avoidable chill.
Check Your Residence’s Outer Edges for Holes
Inspect your house’s perimeter. This is the barrier that protects your home from the outside. If there’s a basement, be on the lookout for fluttering cobwebs or cold coming in around the corners.
Polyurethane products and other things can be used to plug basement walls allowing air into your home. Another cost-effective tip is to get foam seals for fixture undersides, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to put in and are great at stopping cold air in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth making sure that you have appropriate insulation levels in your house as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the suitable R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is established on the geographic area where you live.
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Winter may be trying for homeowners with aging systems.
If your furnace is going out or in need of major fixes, there’s a fair chance you’re not able to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we offer our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass costly service calls through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-efficient system in your home. Plus our pro techs will overhaul and tune it up for you without any additional out-of-pocket fee
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