Your house is likely among your most cherished investments. It assists you financially through increasing equity, and it’s a space to enjoy with your family and develop memorable moments, too. During the winter, you could also be experiencing rising gas costs.
As a consequence, finding ways to lower your heating bill in Denver without giving up comfort can seem challenging.
When it comes to energy efficiency, houses are similar to cars. Some require a lot of energy while others use it gradually. Regardless of what type of house you have, there are steps to block the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to help your family stay warm without going over budget.
- Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most economical solution that exists. It’s also the best way to keep your furnace operating smoothly during the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal elements influence how often you should get a new one. High allergen counts, pets and home size can also impact its durability. Typically, inexpensive filters should be swapped each month. Pleated models made with better material may make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing folks forget about,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more overloaded the filter is, the less air is able to move through it and actually heat the home. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder.”
- Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s common to have a technician stop by 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 procedures, an inspection commonly covers:
- Examining thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal pieces
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup controls
Regular service helps decrease the odds of facing an emergency repair in the middle of winter. Some reports have shown as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with regular service.
Inspect Windows and Doors for Holes
Windows and doors are a main entry point for frigid air. Caulking window and door frames is an cost effective approach to help keep cold air outside.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes suggests.
Latch a door. Is any light visible? If so, it’s not totally sealed. Changes or weather-stripping may be required.
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 solution, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping cool air outside.
When you install double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater.
Limit Use of Vented Appliances
If you require the exhaust fan during cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it on for too long.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t allow it to run after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out warm air away from your home and adds cold air. Using these appliances all the time will make your HVAC system to work harder to take care of the unnecessary chill.
Check Your Home’s Perimeter for Holes
Evaluate your house’s perimeter. This is the area that separates your residence from the elements. If you have a basement, check for moving cobwebs or cold coming in around the edges.
Polyurethane sealant and other options can be purchased to fix basement walls allowing air into your house. Another cost-effective tip is to add foam seals for fixture bottoms, like ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re easy to install and are great at stopping cold air in the winter.
Evaluate Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth ensuring that you have thick enough insulation levels in your attic as well. Nine in 10 U.S. residences have insufficient insulation, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
Hughes recommends checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the recommended R-value for your house’s walls and attic space. This suggestion is established on the geographic location where your home is.
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