Your residence is usually among your most treasured investments. It supports you financially through building equity, and it’s a space to raise your family and create moments you’ll remember, too. This time of year, you could also be dealing with increased energy bills.
As a consequence, finding methods to lower your heating bill in Columbus without lowering comfort can appear difficult.
As far as energy efficiency, houses resemble vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others sip it slowly. Regardless of what sort of house you have, there are steps to stop the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to help you stay comfy without breaking the bank.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most economical suggestion there is. It’s also the best method to keep your heater operating optimally throughout the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal factors affect how often you should get a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and residence size can also influence its longevity. Generally, cheap filters should be replaced every month. Pleated ones made with higher-quality material could 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 full the filter is, the less air is able to move through it and actually add warmth to the residence. An overloaded filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a technician stop by your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepped for the summer.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other procedures, an inspection typically includes:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup processes
Regular service helps lessen the chance 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 service.
Examine Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for frigid air. Insulating window and door frames is an cost effective way to help keep frigid air outside.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes suggests.
Latch a door. Can you see any light? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not entirely sealed. Changes or weather-stripping could be necessary.
If your residence has single-pane windows, you may want to consider a dual-pane upgrade.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic film.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air out.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or better.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan throughout cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it on for a long time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t allow it to operate after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out heated air outside and pulls in cold air. Using these appliances all the time will require your heater to work harder to take care of the avoidable coldness.
Examine Your Home’s Perimeter for Leaks
Evaluate your home’s exterior. This is the area that separates your house from the weather. If there’s a basement, watch for moving cobwebs or chilly air leaking in around the corners.
Polyurethane sealant and other things can be used to mend basement walls allowing air into your home. Another affordable tip is to invest foam seals for fixture bases, like ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to use and are great at blocking cold air in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have appropriate insulation levels in your attic as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes suggests visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the recommended R-value for your house’s walls and attic space. This suggestion is formulated on the geographic location where you’re located.
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Winter can be rough for homeowners with old systems.
If your furnace is going out or needing extensive repair, there’s a fair chance you’re not set to spend thousands on an updated system.
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