Your home is usually among your most precious investments. It helps you financially through improving equity, and it’s a place to enjoy with your family and develop memories, too. During the winter, you might also be experiencing rising utility expenses.
Consequently, finding ways to lower your heating bill in Saint Charles without compromising comfort can seem difficult.
When it comes to energy efficiency, houses are like motor vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others drink it gradually. Regardless of what type of residence you live in, there are steps to block the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help your family stay toasty without breaking the bank.
- Get a New Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective recommendation that exists. It’s also the best way to keep your heating system running properly throughout the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal factors influence how often you should replace it. High allergen counts, pets and residence size might also impact its life span. Generally, low-priced filters should be replaced monthly. Pleated models made with higher-quality material might last three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing homeowners ignore,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more overloaded the filter is, the less air is able to be filtered through it and actually heat the residence. An overloaded filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s common to have an Expert come by your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is prepped for the heat.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other procedures, an inspection commonly involves:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup procedures
A tune-up helps lower the chance of handling an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with normal service.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for cold air. Caulking window and door frames is an cost effective way to help keep chilly air where it belongs.
Here’s one test that Hughes advises.
Shut a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not totally sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping may be needed.
If you have single-pane windows, you might want to think over a dual-pane upgrade.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping cool air out.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it on for an extended period of time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t allow it to run after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels hot air out and increases cold air. Operating these appliances longer than needed will require your furnace to run more often to handle the avoidable chill.
Examine Your Home’s Outer Edges for Leaks
Evaluate your residence’s exterior. This is the boundary that shields your home from the outside. If you have a basement, check for fluttering cobwebs or chilly air trickling in around the sides.
Polyurethane sealant and other solutions can be bought to mend basement walls allowing air into your house. Another inexpensive tip is to get foam seals for fixture bottoms, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re quick to put in and are awesome at blocking cold air in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have thick enough insulation levels in your home as well. Nine in 10 U.S. houses have insufficient insulation, 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 spot where you live.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter could be tough for homeowners with failing units.
If your furnace is not working right or in need of major service, there’s a fair chance you’re not set to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent costly repairs through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also hook up an energy-saving system in your house. Plus our pro technicians will repair and maintain it for you without any extra out-of-pocket fee
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Make your Saint Charles house more energy efficient with pro support from Golden Seal Service Experts.
For more information about our Advantage Program or to schedule an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 630-246-2698 or contact us online now.