7 Suggestions to Lower Your Heating Bill in Sharonville Throughout the Winter

Your home is usually one of your most precious investments. It supports you financially through improving equity, and it’s a place to watch your family grow and create moments you’ll remember, too. When it’s cold, you may also be experiencing rising heating bills. 

As a result, finding methods to lower your heating bill in Birmingham without compromising comfort can feel difficult. 

In regard to energy efficiency, homes resemble vehicles. Some guzzle energy while others sip it gradually. Regardless of what sort of home you have, there are methods to stop the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven suggestions to keep you comfy without breaking the bank. 

1. Change Your Air Filter

It’s the most economical recommendation that exists. It’s also the best way to keep your heater operating smoothly through the winter. 

The kind of filter and seasonal elements affect how regularly you should get a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size may also impact its longevity. Generally, cheap filters should be replaced each month. Pleated ones made with better material could make it 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 be filtered through it and actually warm the home. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder.” 

2. Schedule Annual HVAC Service

It’s normal to have an Expert visit your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is ready for the summer. 

But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for furnace service before it snows too. 

Among other actions, an inspection typically includes: 

  • Checking thermostat settings 
  • Cleaning and lubricating internal parts 
  • Taking a look at system shutdown and startup controls 

Regular service helps lower the chance 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 stopped with routine service. 

3. Check Windows and Doors for Cracks

Windows and doors are a leading entry point for cold air. Caulking window and door frames is an cost effective approach to help keep chilly air outside. 

Here’s one assessment that Hughes suggests. 

Latch a door. Do you notice any light? If so, it’s not entirely sealed. Adjustments or weather-stripping could be needed. 

If your house has single-pane windows, you might want to think over a dual-pane option. 

Many homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic film. 

It’s not a bad idea, but dual-pane windows provide much better insulation for keeping cold air out. 

When you switch to double-pane windows, your energy savings could be 25% or greater. 

Man caulking the windows in home

4. Limit Use of Vented Appliances

If you use the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes advises against leaving it running for too long. 

The same applies to for the dryer. Don’t permit it to run after your clothes are done. 

Any venting appliance or exhaust fan forces out hot air out and increases cold air. Using these appliances continuously will force your furnace to work harder to manage the unnecessary coldness. 

5. Check Your Home’s Perimeter for Leaks

Examine your home’s perimeter. This is the area that protects your house from the elements. If your home has a basement, be on the lookout for moving cobwebs or cool air leaking in around the sides. 

Polyurethane sealers and other options can be bought to mend basement walls letting air into your home. Another economical move is to get foam seals for fixture bottoms, such as ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets. 

They’re quick to put in and are awesome at stopping cold air in the winter. 

6. Check Insulation Levels in Your Attic 

It’s worth making sure that you have thick enough insulation levels 

Hughes recommends checking the ENERGY STAR® zone map to find the suitable R-value for your home’s walls and attic space. This suggestion is based on the geographic area where you live. 

7. Consider Our Advantage Program™ 

Winter may be tough for homeowners with aging units. 

If your furnace is not working right or needing major repair, there’s a reasonable chance you’re not able to spend thousands on a modern system. 

That’s why we have our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you prevent expensive fixes through a small monthly fee. 

We’ll also install a high-efficiency system in your residence. Plus our professional technicians will repair and service it for you without any extra out-of-pocket expense 

Schedule an Appointment with Us Now 

Make your Birmingham home more energy efficient with pro support from Service Experts

For more specifics about our Advantage Program or to book an appointment for HVAC service, call us at 205-267-0023 or contact us online right away. 

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