Ready or not, another winter season is soon to be upon us. The start of the cold weather season often means higher utility bills for several months. However, it doesn't have to be that way. The following steps can help you improve your home's energy efficiency and decrease the cost of keeping your family warm.
Schedule a Heating System Tune-Up
Regardless of the type of equipment you use to heat your home, make it a habit to schedule a preventive maintenance appointment in the early fall. This ensures that your heating equipment can keep up with the demands your family places on it all winter long. You may be able to save up to 20 percent on your heating bill by catching minor problems early and making sure your furnace filter is always clean. For long-term energy efficiency, consider replacing heating units that are more than 20 years old.
Stop Air Drafts
There are numerous ways for cold air drafts to get inside of your home. Some of these include:
- Electrical outlets
- Mail slots
- Extra space beneath doors and windows
- Wall-mounted air conditioners
- Caulk holes
- Foundational seals
Check Your Level of Insulation
Up to 30 percent of a home's heat can be lost due to improper insulation. Northern climates should have a minimum of 30.5 to 41 centimeters of insulation in the attic and walls. This is equal to 12 to 16 inches in the U.S. and an R-40 insulation rating in Canada. Upgrading your level of insulation should result in an immediate improvement in comfort level as well as lower utility bills.
Free Estimates for New Furnace Installations
Our team of energy experts is available to help you improve the efficiency of your home. You can learn more by scheduling your free in-home estimate today.