Your house is probably one of your most precious investments. It helps you financially through increasing equity, and it’s a space to enjoy with your family and make moments you’ll remember, too. This time of year, you could also be experiencing rising gas costs.
Consequently, finding approaches to lower your heating bill in Fort Worth without compromising comfort can appear challenging.
When it comes to energy efficiency, houses are similar to vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others use it gradually. Regardless of what sort of residence you own, there are ways to end the cold this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to keep you toasty without going over budget.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most inexpensive recommendation that exists. It’s also the best approach to keep your heating system operating optimally through the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal elements contribute to how frequently you should get a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size might also affect its longevity. In most cases, inexpensive filters should be replaced each month. Pleated ones made with better material could work for 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 add warmth to the home. An overloaded filter makes your heating system work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s standard to have an Expert visit your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepared 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 components
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup controls
Maintenance helps lessen the probability of handling an emergency repair in the middle of a cold snap. Some reports have found as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been stopped with normal maintenance.
Check Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for cold air. Caulking window and door frames is an practical approach to help keep cold air outside.
Here’s one test that Hughes advises.
Latch a door. Can you see any light? If that’s the case, it’s not fully sealed. Changes or weather-stripping could be required.
If your home has single-pane windows, you should consider a dual-pane option.
Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air outside.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it going for an extended period of time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t allow it to operate after your clothes are dry.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels warm air out and adds cold air. Operating these appliances all the time will require your furnace to run more often to battle the avoidable coldness.
Inspect Your House’s Perimeter for Holes
Inspect your house’s building envelope. This is the barrier that protects your house from the elements. If there’s a basement, check for blowing cobwebs or cold leaking in close by the sides.
Polyurethane products and other solutions can be purchased to fix basement walls letting air into your house. Another affordable idea is to get foam seals for fixture bottoms, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to install and are fantastic at blocking cold air in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth confirming that you have thick enough insulation levels in your residence as well. Nine in 10 U.S. residences are underinsulated, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes suggests visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the appropriate 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 can be rough for homeowners with aging units.
If your furnace is not working right or in need of extensive fixes, there’s a good chance you’re not ready to spend thousands on a new system.
That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass expensive fixes through a small monthly fee.
We’ll also hook up an energy-efficient system in your house. Plus our Expert specialists will overhaul and service it for you without any additional out-of-pocket fee
Book an Appointment with Us Right Away
Make your Fort Worth house more energy efficient with pro help from Calverley Service Experts.
For more information about our Advantage Program or to book an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 817-380-5647 or contact us online right away.