Your home is probably at the top of the list of your most valued investments. It supports you financially through boosting equity, and it’s an area to watch your family grow and create memorable moments, too. When it’s cold, you may also be dealing with growing heating bills.
As a result, finding techniques to lower your heating bill in Austin without compromising comfort can appear harder than it needs to be.
When it comes to energy efficiency, houses are similar to motor vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others drink it steadily. Regardless of what sort of residence you have, there are ways to halt the discomfort this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help you stay comfortable without breaking the bank.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective solution out there. It’s also the best way to keep your heater operating smoothly throughout the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal determinants affect how often you should replace it. Increased allergen counts, pets and home size may also affect its durability. In most cases, fiberglass filters should be replaced monthly. Pleated ones made with denser material could work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing people overlook,” 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 residence. A clogged filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a technician come to your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your air conditioner is prepped for the summer.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other steps, an inspection commonly includes:
- Double-checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup controls
Regular service helps lower the likelihood of facing an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been avoided with normal service.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for chilly air. Sealing window and door frames is an inexpensive method to help keep chilly air out.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes advises.
Close a door. Can you see any light? If so, it’s not fully sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping might be necessary.
If your residence has single-pane windows, you should think about a dual-pane upgrade.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air outside.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or better.
Limit Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it running for too long.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t allow it to work after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels warm air away from your home and increases cold air. Running these appliances longer than needed will make your furnace to use more energy to handle the preventable coldness.
Look at Your House’s Perimeter for Holes
Inspect your home’s exterior. This is the barrier that separates your residence from the elements. If there’s a basement, be on the lookout for moving cobwebs or cool air flowing in close by the edges.
Polyurethane sealers and other things can be bought to mend basement walls allowing air into your residence. Another inexpensive tip is to add foam seals for fixture bases, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re fast to put in and are fantastic at stopping cold air in the winter.
Measure Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have adequate insulation levels in your home as well. Nine in 10 U.S. residences have insufficient insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes suggests visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the suitable R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is established on the geographic area where you’re located.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter could be rough for homeowners with old units.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or needing costly service, there’s a decent chance you’re not set to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent costly fixes through a small monthly fee.
We’ll also install a high-efficiency system in your house. Plus our pro specialists will overhaul and tune it up for you without any added out-of-pocket expense
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Make your Austin residence more energy efficient with professional assistance from Strand Brothers Service Experts.
For more details about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 512-596-1257 or contact us online today.