Your home is likely one of your most valued investments. It helps you financially through building equity, and it’s a space to enjoy with your family and create memories, too. When it’s cold, you may also be dealing with higher energy costs.
As a result, finding approaches to lower your heating bill in Calgary without compromising comfort can feel challenging.
When it comes to energy efficiency, houses are like cars. Some require a lot of energy while others sip it slowly. Regardless of what kind of residence you have, there are ways to block the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to keep your family warm without going over budget.
- Get a New Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive solution there is. It’s also the best approach to keep your heater running optimally during the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal factors affect how regularly you should put in a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size may also influence its life span. Typically, inexpensive filters should be changed every month. Pleated models made with better material may work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the large 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 go through it and actually warm the residence. A dirty filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s common to have a technician come to your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is ready for the warm weather.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other actions, an inspection commonly includes:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal pieces
- Examining system shutdown and startup processes
Maintenance helps lower the odds of dealing with an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with routine maintenance.
Check Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a primary entry point for chilly air. Caulking window and door frames is an inexpensive method to help keep frigid air outside.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes recommends.
Latch a door. Is any light visible? If so, it’s not fully sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping may be needed.
If your home has single-pane windows, you should think about a dual-pane option.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air where it belongs.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you need the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it on for too long.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t permit it to operate after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan pulls out hot air away from your home and increases cold air. Operating these appliances continuously will make your HVAC system to run more often to manage the preventable cold.
Look at Your House’s Outer Edges for Holes
Check your residence’s perimeter. This is the boundary that separates your house from the weather. If there’s a basement, check for moving cobwebs or chilly air flowing in near the sides.
Polyurethane products and other things can be used to mend basement walls letting air into your home. Another economical idea is to invest foam seals for fixture undersides, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to use and are fantastic at blocking cold air in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have adequate insulation levels in your attic as well. Nine in 10 U.S. residences have insufficient insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the suitable R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This suggestion is established on the geographic spot where your home is.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter could be trying for homeowners with failing systems.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or in need of major repair, there’s a good chance you’re not set to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we offer our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent pricey fixes through a small monthly fee.
We’ll also hook up a high-efficiency system in your residence. Plus our Expert specialists will overhaul and tune it up for you without any additional out-of-pocket cost
Request an Appointment with Us Today
Make your house more energy efficient with Expert support from A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
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