Your house is usually at the top of the list of your most prized investments. It supports you financially through boosting equity, and it’s a space to enjoy with your family and create memorable moments, too. When it’s cold, you could also face rising gas expenses.
As a consequence, finding ways to lower your heating bill in London without lowering comfort can appear difficult.
When it comes to energy efficiency, residences resemble vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others drink it slowly. Regardless of what kind of home you have, there are steps to end the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to keep you toasty without driving up your energy bill.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most economical recommendation there is. It’s also the best method to keep your heating system running smoothly through the winter.
The type of filter and seasonal factors contribute to how regularly you should replace it. High allergen counts, pets and house size can also affect its life span. In most cases, inexpensive filters should be swapped each month. Pleated styles made with thicker material may work for three months or longer.
“It’s really the large thing homeowners overlook,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more overloaded the filter is, the less air is able to be filtered through it and actually add warmth to the home. A clogged filter makes your HVAC system work harder.”
- Schedule Routine HVAC Service
It’s common to have a tech visit your home in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepared for the warm weather.
But don’t overlook scheduling an appointment for furnace service before it gets cold too.
Among other procedures, an inspection typically includes:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and greasing internal parts
- Examining system shutdown and startup controls
A tune-up helps lessen the odds of facing an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have found as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with regular tune-ups.
Check Windows and Doors for Leaks
Windows and doors are a main entry point for chilly air. Insulating window and door frames is an practical approach to help keep chilly air out.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes suggests.
Close a door. Is any light visible? If that’s the case, it’s not fully sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping might be necessary.
If your residence has single-pane windows, you might want to think over a dual-pane option.
A lot of homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic wrap.
It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping chilled air where it belongs.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or better.
Restrict Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan throughout cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it on for an extended period of time.
The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t permit it to operate after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels hot air away from your home and increases cold air. Using these appliances continuously will force your furnace to run more often to take care of the preventable coldness.
Check Your Home’s Outer Edges for Cracks
Inspect your residence’s exterior. This is the area that shields your house from the outdoors. If there’s a basement, check for moving cobwebs or cold leaking in around the corners.
Polyurethane sealers and other options can be used to plug basement walls letting air into your home. Another cost-effective idea is to get foam seals for fixture undersides, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to install and are fantastic at stopping cold air in the winter.
Measure Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth making sure that you have thick enough insulation levels in your home as well. Nine in 10 U.S. homes 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 home’s walls and attic space. This value is established on the geographic location where you live.
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