Your residence is likely at the top of the list of your most precious investments. It assists you financially through increasing equity, and it’s a place to watch your family grow and develop moments you’ll remember, too. This time of year, you might also face higher heating expenses.
As a result, finding techniques to lower your heating bill in Kitchener without giving up comfort can feel challenging.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences are like motor vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others use it gradually. Regardless of what kind of house you have, there are methods to halt the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to help your family stay warm without driving up your energy bill.
- Replace Your Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective recommendation there is. It’s also the best method to keep your heating system operating smoothly during the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal determinants contribute to how frequently you should replace it. Increased allergen counts, pets and home size might also impact its durability. Typically, inexpensive filters should be swapped each month. Pleated ones made with thicker material may make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing homeowners ignore,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more loaded up the filter is, the less air is able to move through it and actually warm the house. A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s common to have a technician stop by your residence in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is ready for the warm weather.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other procedures, an inspection usually involves:
- Double-checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal pieces
- Examining system shutdown and startup procedures
Maintenance helps decrease the chance of facing an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have found as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with regular tune-ups.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Holes
Windows and doors are a central entry point for chilly air. Caulking window and door frames is an cost effective way to help keep frigid air out.
Here’s one check that Hughes recommends.
Shut a door. Can you see any light? If that’s the case, it’s not totally sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping may be necessary.
If you have single-pane windows, you should think about a dual-pane improvement.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping cool air out.
When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Limit Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan throughout cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it on for an extended period of time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t permit it to run after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels heated air out and adds cold air. Running these appliances longer than needed will force your furnace to use more energy to handle the preventable coldness.
Examine Your Home’s Edges for Leaks
Evaluate your house’s exterior. This is the barrier that protects your house from the weather. If your home has a basement, watch for blowing cobwebs or chilly air leaking in around the edges.
Polyurethane products and other options can be purchased to plug basement walls leaking air into your house. Another cost-effective idea is to add foam seals for fixture undersides, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to put in and are great at stopping cold air in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have appropriate insulation levels in your house as well. Nine in 10 U.S. houses don’t have enough insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the suitable R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This suggestion is established on the geographic location where you live.
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Winter might be tough for homeowners with inefficient equipment.
If your furnace is not working right or needing expensive service, there’s a decent chance you’re not ready to spend thousands on a modern system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you avoid expensive fixes through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also install a high-efficiency system in your home. Plus our professional technicians will fix and tune it up for you without any added out-of-pocket expense
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