Your residence is likely among your most treasured investments. It helps you financially through increasing equity, and it’s a space to raise your family and make memorable moments, too. During the winter, you could also be experiencing growing utility expenses.
Consequently, finding tactics to lower your heating bill in Edmonton without giving up comfort can appear harder than it needs to be.
In regard to energy efficiency, houses are similar to cars. Some consume a lot of energy while others use it gradually. Regardless of what type of residence you live in, there are ways to stop the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to help you stay comfy without driving up your energy bill.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive suggestion there is. It’s also the best approach to keep your heating system operating properly throughout the winter.
The kind of filter and seasonal factors contribute to how often you should replace it. Increased allergen counts, pets and house size can also influence its durability. Generally, low-priced filters should be replaced monthly. Pleated ones made with better material could 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 go through it and actually heat the residence. An overloaded filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s standard to have an Expert visit your residence in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is ready for the summer.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other procedures, an inspection typically includes:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal components
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup controls
Regular service helps lessen the chance of facing an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been stopped with standard maintenance.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for cold air. Insulating window and door frames is an practical method to help keep chilly air where it belongs.
Here’s one test that Hughes advises.
Latch a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not fully sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping could be necessary.
If your house has single-pane windows, you might want to think about a dual-pane upgrade.
A lot of homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping cold air outside.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or higher.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it going for a long time.
The same goes for for the dryer. Don’t permit it to run after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out heated air away from your home and increases cold air. Operating these appliances continuously will make your HVAC system to run more often to handle the avoidable cold.
Check Your House’s Outer Edges for Holes
Inspect your house’s perimeter. This is the area that protects your home from the outdoors. If there’s a basement, look for blowing cobwebs or chilly air trickling in around the corners.
Polyurethane sealers and other solutions can be purchased to fix basement walls letting air into your home. Another affordable idea is to add foam seals for fixture undersides, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re quick to install and are awesome at keeping the cold air out in the winter.
Measure Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have appropriate insulation levels in your residence as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes have insufficient insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the recommended R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is formulated on the geographic area where you’re located.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be trying for homeowners with old systems.
If your furnace is going out or requiring expensive repair, there’s a reasonable chance you’re not ready to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you avoid costly service calls through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also install an energy-efficient system in your residence. Plus our professional techs will repair and service it for you without any extra out-of-pocket cost
Request an Appointment with Us Right Away
Make your house more energy efficient with professional help from McKinley Heating Service Experts.
For more specifics about our Advantage Program or to schedule an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 780-800-7092 or contact us online now.