Your home is probably among your most valued investments. It helps you financially through building equity, and it’s a space to enjoy with your family and create moments you’ll remember, too. During the winter, you may also be dealing with increased heating expenses.
Consequently, finding techniques to lower your heating bill in Atlanta without giving up comfort can appear challenging.
As far as energy efficiency, houses are similar to cars. Some consume a lot of energy while others use it steadily. Regardless of what kind of home you live in, there are methods to block the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to keep you toasty without going over budget.
It’s the most inexpensive suggestion out there. It’s also the best approach to keep your heater running smoothly during the winter.
The kind of filter and seasonal determinants contribute to how frequently you should get a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size may also impact its life span. In most cases, inexpensive filters should be changed monthly. Pleated models made with thicker material may last three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing people 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 warm the home. An overloaded filter makes your HVAC system work harder.”
It’s common to have an Expert come to your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is prepared for the summer.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other steps, an inspection typically involves:
Maintenance helps lessen the odds 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 stopped with routine tune-ups.
Windows and doors are a leading entry point for chilly air. Caulking window and door frames is an inexpensive way to help keep chilly air out.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes advises.
Shut a door. Can you see any light? If that’s the case, it’s not totally sealed. Changes or weather-stripping may be necessary.
If your house has single-pane windows, you might want to think about a dual-pane upgrade.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cool air out.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
If you require the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it going for an extended period of time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t let it to run after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan pulls out warm air outside and increases cold air. Running these appliances continuously will make your furnace to use more energy to take care of the preventable cold.
Evaluate your residence’s building envelope. This is the boundary that separates your home from the outdoors. If your home has a basement, look for blowing cobwebs or cool air leaking in around the corners.
Polyurethane sealant and other solutions can be used to mend basement walls leaking air into your home. Another inexpensive move is to invest foam seals for fixture bases, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to use and are great at blocking cold air in the winter.
It’s worth making sure that you have appropriate insulation levels
Hughes advises looking at the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the recommended R-value for your house’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is based on the geographic location where your home is.
Winter may be tough for homeowners with old equipment.
If your furnace is failing or needing major repair, there’s a good chance you’re not ready to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent costly service calls through a low monthly fee.
We’ll also hook up an energy-saving system in your home. Plus our professional techs will fix and service it for you without any extra out-of-pocket fee
Make your Atlanta home more energy efficient with pro assistance from Service Experts.
For more details about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 678-235-9699 or contact us online right away.
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