Your house is likely among your most prized investments. It helps you financially through equity-building, and it’s a space to raise your family and make memorable moments, too. When it’s cold, you could also be experiencing growing gas expenses.
Consequently, finding methods to lower your heating bill in Fort Lauderdale without lowering comfort can seem challenging.
When it comes to energy efficiency, homes are like vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others drink it slowly. Regardless of what kind of home you live in, there are methods to block the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to keep your family comfortable without going over budget.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive solution there is. It’s also the best approach to keep your heater functioning smoothly throughout the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal elements affect how often you should put in a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size can also impact its durability. In most cases, cheap filters should be replaced each month. Pleated ones made with better material may make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing people overlook,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more overloaded the filter is, the less air is able to move through it and actually add warmth to the house. A clogged filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s common to have an Expert come to your residence in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is ready for the summer.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other steps, an inspection typically involves:
- Double-checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal parts
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup procedures
Maintenance helps lower the likelihood of facing an emergency repair in the middle of a cold snap. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with regular tune-ups.
Check Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a leading entry point for chilly air. Sealing window and door frames is an inexpensive method to help keep cold air where it belongs.
Here’s one test that Hughes recommends.
Close a door. Can you see any light? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not totally sealed. Changes or weather-stripping might be required.
If your home has single-pane windows, you might want to consider a dual-pane upgrade.
A lot of 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 out.
When you add 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 a long time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t let it to run after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels warm air out and increases cold air. Using these appliances all the time will force your heater to use more energy to fight the unnecessary cold.
Look at Your Home’s Perimeter for Cracks
Examine your home’s building envelope. This is the barrier that separates your home from the outside. If you have a basement, watch for moving cobwebs or cold flowing in near the sides.
Polyurethane sealers and other solutions can be purchased to mend basement walls leaking air into your home. Another inexpensive idea is to invest foam seals for fixture bottoms, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re fast to put in and are great at blocking cold air in the winter.
Measure 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. residences are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes suggests checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the recommended R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is formulated on the geographic location where you live.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be rough for homeowners with aging units.
If your furnace is not working right or needing major fixes, there’s a decent chance you’re not prepared to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass expensive repairs through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also put in a high-efficiency system in your home. Plus our pro techs will overhaul and tune it up for you without any extra out-of-pocket cost
Request an Appointment with Us Right Away
Make your house more energy efficient with Expert assistance from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
For more information about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 954-736-4314 or contact us online today.