Your house is probably one of your most precious investments. It supports you financially through building equity, and it’s a space to raise your family and create memories, too. When it’s cold, you might also be dealing with increased energy expenses.
Consequently, finding ways to lower your heating bill in San Antonio without compromising comfort can seem harder than it needs to be.
As far as energy efficiency, houses are like vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others sip it steadily. Regardless of what sort of house you live in, there are steps to halt the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to keep your family comfortable without driving up your energy bill.
- Get a New Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective recommendation there is. It’s also the best approach to keep your heating system functioning smoothly during the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal determinants influence how often you should replace it. High allergen counts, pets and house size might also influence its longevity. Generally, inexpensive filters should be replaced every month. Pleated styles made with thicker material may last three months or longer.
“It’s really the major thing people 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 be filtered through it and actually add warmth to the house. An overloaded filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Annual HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a tech stop by your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your air conditioner is ready for the heat.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other procedures, an inspection commonly includes:
- Double-checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and lubricating internal pieces
- Examining system shutdown and startup controls
A tune-up helps lower the likelihood of handling an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with regular maintenance.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a leading entry point for chilly air. Sealing window and door frames is an economical method to help keep cold air where it belongs.
Here’s one test that Hughes recommends.
Latch a door. Is any light visible? If so, it’s not totally sealed. Changes or weather-stripping might be necessary.
If your house has single-pane windows, you might want to think over a dual-pane upgrade.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping chilled air out.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Regulate Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan throughout cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it on for a long time.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t let it to run after your clothes are ready.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels hot air away from your home and increases cold air. Running these appliances all the time will require your heater to run more often to manage the avoidable coldness.
Look at Your Home’s Edges for Leaks
Evaluate your house’s building envelope. This is the area that shields your residence from the outdoors. If you have a basement, look for blowing cobwebs or chilly air coming in around the corners.
Polyurethane sealers and other things can be purchased to plug basement walls allowing air into your residence. Another economical idea is to add foam seals for fixture bases, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to install and are great at blocking cold air in the winter.
Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have thick enough insulation levels in your attic as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes don’t have enough insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the recommended R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This value is established on the geographic spot where you live.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter could be tough for homeowners with old equipment.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or needing expensive fixes, there’s a decent chance you’re not able to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you avoid expensive service calls through a small monthly fee.
We’ll also install a high-efficiency system in your residence. Plus our professional techs will fix and service it for you without any extra out-of-pocket cost
Request an Appointment with Us Right Away
Make your residence more energy efficient with Expert support from Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company.
For more specifics about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 210-404-4233 or contact us online now.