Your house is usually at the top of the list of your most precious investments. It helps you financially through equity-building, and it’s an area to enjoy with your family and develop moments you’ll remember, too. When it’s cold, you might also face increased utility costs.
As a consequence, finding tactics to lower your heating bill in Boise without lowering comfort can feel difficult.
When it comes to energy efficiency, homes are similar to vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others use it slowly. Regardless of what sort of residence you live in, there are ways to block the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to keep you comfortable without driving up your energy bill.
- Get a New Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive recommendation that exists. It’s also the best method to keep your heating system operating optimally throughout the winter.
The kind of filter and seasonal factors influence how often you should replace it. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size may also impact its durability. Typically, fiberglass filters should be swapped monthly. Pleated ones made with denser material may last three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing folks 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 home. A dirty filter makes your HVAC system work harder.”
- Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s common to have a tech stop by your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepared for the summer.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other procedures, an inspection commonly includes:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal parts
- Taking a look at system shutdown and startup procedures
Maintenance helps lessen the probability 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 tune-ups.
Check Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for frigid air. Caulking window and door frames is an cost effective approach to help keep cold air where it belongs.
Here’s one test that Hughes advises.
Close a door. Can you see any light? If so, it’s not totally sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping may be necessary.
If your residence has single-pane windows, you may want to think over a dual-pane improvement.
A lot of homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cool air outside.
When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it on for a long time.
The same goes for for the dryer. Don’t allow it to work after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels hot air out and increases cold air. Operating these appliances all the time will force your heater to run more often to manage the unnecessary chill.
Look at Your Home’s Edges for Holes
Check your house’s exterior. This is the barrier that protects your house from the elements. If your home has a basement, be on the lookout for blowing cobwebs or chilly air trickling in near the edges.
Polyurethane products and other things can be bought to mend basement walls letting air into your residence. Another cost-effective idea is to add foam seals for fixture bottoms, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re quick to use and are great at stopping cold air in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have thick enough 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 looking at the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the recommended R-value for your house’s walls and attic space. This value is based on the geographic area where your home is.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter may be trying for homeowners with underperforming systems.
If your furnace is not working right or requiring extensive service, there’s a good chance you’re not able to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you avoid expensive service calls through a small monthly fee.
We’ll also put in an energy-saving system in your residence. Plus our professional techs will fix and service it for you without any additional out-of-pocket cost
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today
Make your Boise residence more energy efficient with professional help from TML Service Experts.
For more details about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 208-488-4892 or contact us online right away.