Your house is probably one of your most precious investments. It helps you financially through equity-building, and it’s a space to raise your family and make memories, too. This time of year, you might also be dealing with rising gas costs.
Consequently, finding approaches to lower your heating bill in Jacksonville without giving up comfort can feel challenging.
When it comes to energy efficiency, homes are like vehicles. Some require a lot of energy while others sip it gradually. Regardless of what type of residence you live in, there are methods to stop the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to keep you toasty without going over budget.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive recommendation out there. It’s also the best method to keep your furnace functioning optimally through the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal factors influence how often you should replace it. Increased allergen counts, pets and house size may also influence its durability. Typically, fiberglass filters should be changed each month. Pleated styles made with denser material might work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing people forget about,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more full the filter is, the less air is able to move through it and actually warm the residence. An overloaded filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Annual HVAC Service
It’s normal to have a tech come to your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepared for the summer.
But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it snows too.
Among other steps, an inspection commonly includes:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup controls
Maintenance helps lessen the chance of facing an emergency repair in the middle of a cold snap. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been avoided with routine service.
Check Windows and Doors for Holes
Windows and doors are a central entry point for frigid air. Insulating window and door frames is an cost effective way to help keep cold air out.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes recommends.
Shut a door. Do you notice any light? If so, it’s not fully sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping might be needed.
If your house has single-pane windows, you may want to think about a dual-pane option.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad move, 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 better.
Limit Use of Vented Appliances
If you need the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it going for an extended period of time.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t let it to operate after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out hot air out and pulls in cold air. Running these appliances all the time will make your heater to run more often to take care of the preventable cold.
Check Your Home’s Edges for Holes
Check your house’s building envelope. This is the boundary that protects your home from the outside. If there’s a basement, check for blowing cobwebs or cool air flowing in around the edges.
Polyurethane products and other things can be used to fix basement walls leaking air into your residence. Another economical tip is to invest foam seals for fixture bases, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to install and are awesome at blocking cold air in the winter.
Measure Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have appropriate insulation levels in your home as well. Nine in 10 U.S. residences are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes advises visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to locate the suitable R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is based on the geographic area where you live.
Consider Our Advantage Program™
Winter may be trying for homeowners with failing systems.
If your furnace is not working right or in need of expensive repair, there’s a good chance you’re not prepared to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass pricey repairs through a small monthly fee.
We’ll also install an energy-efficient system in your residence. Plus our Expert specialists will fix and maintain it for you without any additional out-of-pocket cost
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Make your Jacksonville residence more energy efficient with pro assistance from Air Engineers Service Experts.
For more details about our Advantage Program or to request an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 904-450-5672 or contact us online right away.