Your home is likely one of your most valued investments. It helps you financially through equity-building, and it’s a place to watch your family grow and make memorable moments, too. When it’s cold, you could also be experiencing rising heating expenses.
As a consequence, finding ways to lower your heating bill in Albany without giving up comfort can appear difficult.
As far as energy efficiency, homes resemble motor vehicles. Some require a lot of energy while others use it gradually. Regardless of what type of residence you have, there are steps to stop the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to keep your family comfortable without going over budget.
1. Replace Your Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective solution out there. It’s also the best approach to keep your furnace operating properly through the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal elements influence how frequently you should replace it. High allergen counts, pets and home size can also affect its longevity. Generally, inexpensive filters should be replaced every month. Pleated models made with thicker material might make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing people 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 heat the residence. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder.”
2. Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s common to have an Expert come to your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepped for the heat.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other procedures, an inspection typically covers:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and lubricating internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup processes
Regular service helps lower the odds 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 normal maintenance.
3. Check Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a primary entry point for frigid air. Insulating window and door frames is an economical approach to help keep frigid air out.
Here’s one test that Hughes suggests.
Shut a door. Can you see any light? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not entirely sealed. Changes or weather-stripping could be needed.
If your residence has single-pane windows, you might want to think over a dual-pane improvement.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic film.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cool air outside.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
4. Limit Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it going for a long time.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t allow it to run after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out warm air outside and pulls in cold air. Operating these appliances all the time will force your heater to work harder to manage the unnecessary chill.
5. Examine Your House’s Perimeter for Holes
Inspect your home’s building envelope. This is the barrier that protects your home from the elements. If your home has a basement, check for blowing cobwebs or cool air leaking in close by the sides.
Polyurethane sealers and other solutions can be purchased to plug basement walls leaking air into your house. Another cost-effective move is to get foam seals for fixture bottoms, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re fast to install and are great at blocking cold air in the winter.
6. Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have adequate insulation levels
Hughes suggests visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the recommended R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is established on the geographic location where you’re located.
7. Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be tough for homeowners with inefficient units.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or needing expensive service, there’s a good chance you’re not set to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent expensive repairs through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-saving system in your home. Plus our Expert technicians will overhaul and maintain it for you without any additional out-of-pocket fee
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Make your Albany home more energy efficient with Expert help from D.A. Bennett Service Experts.
For more specifics about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 518-205-3324 or contact us online right away.