Your house is probably one of your most valued investments. It supports you financially through increasing equity, and it’s a place to raise your family and make memorable moments, too. This time of year, you may also be dealing with growing utility expenses.
Consequently, finding ways to lower your heating bill in Kansas City without compromising comfort can feel difficult.
As far as energy efficiency, homes are like cars. Some guzzle energy while others sip it steadily. Regardless of what kind of house you have, there are steps to halt the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help your family stay comfy without driving up your energy bill.
- Get a New Your Air Filter
It’s the most economical solution that exists. It’s also the best method to keep your heating system functioning properly throughout the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal elements affect how often you should get a new one. Increased allergen counts, pets and home size can also influence its durability. Typically, low-priced filters should be changed monthly. Pleated styles made with denser material could work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing folks forget about,” 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 house. A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a tech come to your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your system is prepped for the warm weather.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other actions, an inspection typically includes:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and lubricating internal pieces
- Taking a look at system shutdown and startup procedures
Maintenance 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 service.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for frigid air. Insulating window and door frames is an cost effective approach to help keep chilly air out.
Here’s one test that Hughes suggests.
Shut a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not totally sealed. Changes or weather-stripping could be needed.
If your residence has single-pane windows, you should consider a dual-pane upgrade.
A lot of homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cool air outside.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you need the exhaust fan throughout cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it going for an extended period of time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t permit it to run after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out warm air out and increases cold air. Running these appliances longer than needed will force your furnace to use more energy to manage the unnecessary coldness.
Examine Your House’s Perimeter for Leaks
Examine your home’s perimeter. This is the boundary that separates your house from the outside. If you have a basement, watch for fluttering cobwebs or cool air leaking in near the sides.
Polyurethane sealant and other solutions can be bought to plug basement walls allowing air into your home. Another cost-effective idea is to add foam seals for fixture undersides, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to put in and are great at stopping cold air in the winter.
Measure Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth making sure that you have adequate insulation levels in your residence as well. Nine in 10 U.S. residences are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the suitable R-value for your house’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is established on the geographic area where your home is.
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Winter might be tough for homeowners with underperforming equipment.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or in need of major repair, there’s a decent chance you’re not ready to spend thousands on a modern system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent pricey fixes through a small monthly fee.
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