Your home is probably at the top of the list of your most prized investments. It supports you financially through improving equity, and it’s an area to raise your family and make memories, too. During the winter, you could also face growing utility expenses.
Consequently, finding tactics to lower your heating bill in Champaign without lowering comfort can feel challenging.
When it comes to energy efficiency, homes are similar to cars. Some consume a lot of energy while others sip it slowly. Regardless of what type of home you own, there are ways to end the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to help your family stay toasty without driving up your energy bill.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive solution there is. It’s also the best method to keep your furnace functioning smoothly during the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal factors contribute to how often you should get a new one. High allergen counts, pets and house size may also affect its life span. In most cases, inexpensive filters should be replaced monthly. Pleated ones made with better material might last three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing homeowners 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 warm the residence. A clogged filter makes your HVAC system work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a technician stop by your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is prepped for the heat.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other procedures, an inspection typically involves:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal components
- Examining system shutdown and startup processes
A tune-up helps decrease the possibility of dealing with an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with standard maintenance.
Check Windows and Doors for Holes
Windows and doors are a primary entry point for frigid air. Insulating window and door frames is an inexpensive method to help keep cold air where it belongs.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes advises.
Close a door. Can you see any light? If that’s the case, it’s not fully sealed. Changes or weather-stripping might be required.
If your house has single-pane windows, you should consider a dual-pane upgrade.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping chilled air where it belongs.
When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan throughout cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it going for too long.
The same goes for for the dryer. Don’t permit it to run after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan pulls out heated air away from your home and adds cold air. Running these appliances continuously will force your heater to run more often to take care of the preventable coldness.
Check Your Home’s Perimeter for Cracks
Evaluate your house’s exterior. This is the barrier that protects your house from the outdoors. If there’s a basement, watch for moving cobwebs or chilly air leaking in near the sides.
Polyurethane sealers and other solutions can be bought to mend basement walls allowing air into your house. Another inexpensive move is to add foam seals for fixture bases, like ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re quick to use and are awesome at stopping 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. homes don’t have enough insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises looking at 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 live.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter can be tough for homeowners with failing systems.
If your furnace is going out or in need of major repair, there’s a decent 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 avoid costly fixes through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also put in a high-efficiency system in your house. Plus our pro specialists will fix and service it for you without any additional out-of-pocket fee
Request an Appointment with Us Right Away
Make your Champaign house more energy efficient with professional assistance from Chief/Bauer Service Experts.
For more information about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 217-689-2469 or contact us online today.