7 Ideas to Lower Your Heating Bill in Calgary During the Winter
Your home is probably at the top of the list of your most valued investments. It helps you financially through building equity, and it’s an area to raise your family and create memorable moments, too. This time of year, you could also face growing heating bills.
As a consequence, finding ways to lower your heating bill in Winnipeg without giving up comfort can seem difficult.
In regard to energy efficiency, homes are similar to vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others use it slowly. Regardless of what type of residence you live in, there are methods to stop the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven tips to keep you comfortable without driving up your energy bill.
1. Change Your Air Filter
It’s the most cost-effective recommendation there is. It’s also the best method to keep your furnace operating properly throughout the winter.
The model of filter and seasonal determinants influence how often you should get a new one. Increased allergen counts, pets and residence size may also affect its life span. Generally, cheap filters should be changed every month. Pleated styles made with denser material could make it three months or longer.
“It’s really the big thing folks overlook,” said Jim Hughes, senior manager of education and training at Service Experts. “The more full the filter is, the less air is able to go through it and actually add warmth to the home. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder.”
2. Schedule Regular HVAC Service
It’s common to have an Expert visit your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepared for the summer.
But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too.
Among other actions, an inspection commonly involves:
- Double-checking thermostat settings
- Cleaning and oiling internal parts
- Inspecting system shutdown and startup procedures
A tune-up helps lessen the odds of dealing with an emergency repair in the middle of a cold snap. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been avoided with routine maintenance.
3. Check Windows and Doors for Cracks
Windows and doors are a central entry point for cold air. Caulking window and door frames is an inexpensive method to help keep chilly air outside.
Here’s one assessment that Hughes recommends.
Shut a door. Do you notice any light? If that’s what’s happening, it’s not entirely sealed. Modifications or weather-stripping may be needed.
If your home has single-pane windows, you should consider a dual-pane option.
A lot of homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting.
It’s not a bad move, but dual-pane windows provide enhanced insulation for keeping cold air out.
When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or better.
4. Limit Use of Vented Appliances
If you use the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it going for a long time.
The same holds true for the dryer. Don’t let it to run after your clothes are done.
Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out hot air outside and increases cold air. Operating these appliances all the time will require your heater to use more energy to fight the unnecessary cold.
5. Examine Your Home’s Outer Edges for Leaks
Inspect your house’s building envelope. This is the area that separates your house from the outdoors. If your home has a basement, check for fluttering cobwebs or cold coming in close by the sides.
Polyurethane products and other solutions can be used to mend basement walls leaking air into your home. Another economical idea is to invest foam seals for fixture undersides, like ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets.
They’re simple to install and are great at keeping the cold air out in the winter.
6. Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic
It’s worth making sure that you have adequate insulation levels
Hughes recommends visiting the ENERGY STAR® zone map to determine the suitable R-value for your residence’s walls and attic space. This value is established on the geographic spot where your home is.
7. Think About Our Advantage Program™
Winter might be trying for homeowners with old units.
If your furnace is malfunctioning or needing major repair, there’s a good chance you’re not ready to spend thousands on an updated system.
That’s why we provide our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass expensive repairs through a small monthly fee.
We’ll also install a high-efficiency system in your house. Plus our Expert technicians will overhaul and tune it up for you without any additional out-of-pocket fee
Request an Appointment with Us Today
Make your Winnipeg house more energy efficient with professional assistance from Service Experts.
For more details about our Advantage Program or to book an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 204-800-0613 or contact us online today.