Your residence is likely at the top of the list of your most valued investments. It helps you financially through equity-building, and it’s a space to raise your family and create memories, too. This time of year, you could also be dealing with rising heating expenses.
As a result, finding approaches to lower your heating bill in Oklahoma City without giving up comfort can appear challenging.
In regard to energy efficiency, residences resemble vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others sip it gradually. Regardless of what type of home you live in, there are steps to stop the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to keep your family comfortable without going over budget.
- Get a New Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive solution out there. It’s also the best way to keep your heater running optimally throughout the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal factors contribute to how frequently you should replace it. Increased allergen counts, pets and residence size can also affect its longevity. In most cases, 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 be filtered through it and actually warm the home. An overloaded filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s common to have a technician come to your residence 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 usually involves:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal components
- Taking a look at system shutdown and startup procedures
Regular service helps lessen the possibility of handling an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been avoided with standard maintenance.
Examine Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a main entry point for chilly air. Caulking window and door frames is an inexpensive approach to help keep cold air out.
Here’s one check that Hughes suggests.
Latch a door. Is any light visible? If that’s the case, it’s not fully sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping may be necessary.
If you have single-pane windows, you may want to 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 chilled air out.
When you add double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes suggests against leaving it going for an extended period of time.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t allow it to work after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out heated air away from your home and increases cold air. Operating these appliances longer than needed will make your heater to work harder to fight the avoidable coldness.
Look at Your Residence’s Edges for Leaks
Inspect your house’s perimeter. This is the boundary that separates your house from the weather. If you have a basement, be on the lookout for blowing cobwebs or chilly air leaking in around the corners.
Polyurethane sealers and other things can be used to plug basement walls allowing air into your home. Another inexpensive move is to invest foam seals for fixture bottoms, for example ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re quick to install and are great at blocking cold air in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have appropriate insulation levels in your attic as well. Nine in 10 U.S. houses are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the suitable R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This value is based on the geographic area where your home is.
Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter could be trying for homeowners with old equipment.
If your furnace is going out or needing major fixes, there’s a fair chance you’re not set to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass expensive service calls through a modest monthly fee.
We’ll also put in a high-efficiency system in your house. Plus our pro specialists will repair and tune it up for you without any extra out-of-pocket cost
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