5 Tips to Save on Energy Bills this Winter
Brace yourselves! Winter is coming, and with that comes major bills for energy and heating. If the sight of your monthly utility bill makes you sigh in frustration, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are a few simple, cost-effective ways to lessen the pain and make winter more affordable (and comfortable).
Winterize Your Home
Keeping a home warm and comfortable is the job of your furnace, but it’s not the only piece in the puzzle. Old windows and doors are often a culprit for major heat loss in the winter. There are a few ways to avoid this kind of issue, including:
Replacing weather-stripping around windows and doors
If you notice major drafts around windows and doors in your home, it’s probably air leaking in from around old or worn-out seals. Replacing weather-stripping is typically an easy DIY fix. Recaulking your windows is a little more complex, but still an affordable upgrade, even if you hire a contractor to help you with the work.
Using heavy curtains or temperature shield film
As a temporary fix for leaky, old, or improperly sealed windows, you can use heavy fabric curtains to shut out some of the cold and insulate your home. There are also some cling films you could put over your windows to seal out drafts, which you can buy at your local hardware store.
Replacing windows and doors entirely
If you’re noticing major drafts, it might be time for new windows and doors. This is a major investment, but the long-term return in energy savings could be worthwhile. Plus, it’s a major facelift for your home!
Have Your Furnace Checked & Change Your Furnace Filter
Having an HVAC professional come out to your home for a quick furnace inspection and maintenance check-up can save you significant money on your winter heating bills. Homeowners should have a full inspection once a year to increase their furnace’s lifespan and fix up any inefficiencies caused by dirty, damaged, or worn out parts.
At the very least, check on and/or change your furnace filter a few times throughout the winter. Filters should be changed once every three months to keep air clean and circulating easily through your ducts. Set an appointment on your phone’s calendar to make it easier to remember.
Have Your Ducts Cleaned
A strong furnace is still only as effective as the duct system it relies on to pump warm air to different rooms in your home. A thorough duct cleaning each winter can keep your air circulating easily and reduce costs on monthly energy bills.
Get a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat allows you to keep your furnace turned down at night or when you aren’t home, without fiddling with the controls. Not only can this lead to cost-savings, but it also sets a new level of home comfort. Pair your thermostat with your phone so it knows when you’re home, or set a recurring weekly or daily schedule so your furnace turns down automatically when you aren’t around.
Invest in a New Furnace
Turning down your thermostat isn’t nearly as effective for saving money on energy bills if your furnace is old and worn out. The best home energy savings come from new, energy-efficient furnaces that are installed professionally. Your HVAC professional should be able to recommend the right size and type of furnace to heat your home evenly. Most furnaces that are more than 20 years old will start costing you more than they’re worth, so if you’re finding your energy usage shooting up, your furnace is the first place to start.
If an investment in a new furnace sounds daunting, remember that many HVAC professionals in Edmonton offer financing options. At Max Heating & Air Conditioning, we also have regular sales on “scratch-and-dent” models that are brand-new with just a few exterior scratches from transportation.
If you’re looking for an HVAC company in Edmonton with home heating options to fit your budget and home, call the Max Heating & Air Conditioning team with all your HVAC questions.