Your home is probably at the top of the list of your most prized investments. It assists you financially through improving equity, and it’s a place to raise your family and make memories, too. This time of year, you could also be experiencing higher energy costs.
As a consequence, finding approaches to lower your heating bill in Edmonton without compromising comfort can seem challenging.
In regard to energy efficiency, residences are like vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others sip it steadily. Regardless of what kind of residence you own, there are steps to block the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to keep you comfortable without breaking the bank.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive solution there is. It’s also the best method to keep your furnace running smoothly through the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal determinants influence how regularly you should replace it. Soaring allergen counts, pets and residence size can also impact its durability. Generally, low-priced filters should be changed each month. Pleated models made with denser 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 overloaded the filter is, the less air is able to be filtered through it and actually warm the home. A clogged filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a technician come by your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepped for the warm weather.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other actions, an inspection typically includes:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and lubricating internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup controls
A tune-up helps lower the probability of handling 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 stopped with standard service.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a leading entry point for cold air. Caulking window and door frames is an cost effective approach to help keep cold air outside.
Here’s one check that Hughes advises.
Close a door. Is any light visible? If that’s the case, it’s not totally sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping could be needed.
If your residence has single-pane windows, you might want to consider a dual-pane option.
Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air outside.
When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it on for too long.
The same goes for for the dryer. Don’t let it to operate after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels hot air away from your home and pulls in cold air. Using these appliances longer than needed will require your heater to work harder to take care of the avoidable coldness.
Check Your Residence’s Outer Edges for Holes
Evaluate your home’s perimeter. This is the boundary that shields your house from the weather. If there’s a basement, check for fluttering cobwebs or cool air trickling in around the edges.
Polyurethane sealers and other options can be purchased to plug basement walls leaking air into your home. Another inexpensive tip is to get foam seals for fixture bases, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re quick to install and are awesome at stopping cold air in the winter.
Measure Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have appropriate insulation levels in your home as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends looking at the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the recommended R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is formulated on the geographic area where you’re located.
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