7 Ideas to Lower Your Heating Bill in Nashville During the Winter

Your home is usually at the top of the list of your most valued investments. It helps you financially through equity-building, and it’s a space to raise your family and create moments you’ll remember, too. When it’s cold, you may also face rising heating expenses. 

As a result, finding ways to lower your heating bill in Birmingham without lowering comfort can seem challenging. 

When it comes to energy efficiency, residences are like motor vehicles. Some consume a lot of energy while others use it slowly. Regardless of what type of residence you live in, there are ways to halt the chill this winter. The Experts are here with seven ideas to keep you comfy without breaking the bank. 

1. Get a New Your Air Filter

It’s the most economical solution that exists. It’s also the best method to keep your furnace operating properly through the winter. 

The model of filter and seasonal determinants affect how often you should get a new one. Soaring allergen counts, pets and home size might also influence its durability. In most cases, low-priced filters should be replaced each month. Pleated styles made with denser material may last three months or longer. 

“It’s really the major 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 heat the house. An overloaded filter makes your HVAC system work harder.” 

2. Schedule Regular HVAC Service

It’s standard to have a technician come to your house in the spring for AC service. That way, your unit is prepped for the heat. 

But don’t neglect to schedule an appointment for furnace service before the winter too. 

Among other procedures, an inspection usually covers: 

  • Examining thermostat settings 
  • Cleaning and greasing internal components 
  • Examining system shutdown and startup procedures 

Regular service helps decrease the probability of handling an emergency repair in the middle of a blizzard. Some reports have indicated as many as 75% of “no heat” calls could have been prevented with regular tune-ups. 

3. Check Windows and Doors for Leaks

Windows and doors are a main entry point for frigid air. Sealing window and door frames is an practical approach to help keep frigid air outside. 

Here’s one test that Hughes recommends. 

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

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

Some homeowners insulate single-pane windows with plastic sheeting. 

It’s not a bad option, but dual-pane windows provide superior insulation for keeping chilled air out. 

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

Man caulking the windows in home

4. Regulate Use of Vented Appliances

If you use the exhaust fan while cooking, Hughes recommends against leaving it going for an extended period of time. 

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

Any venting appliance or exhaust fan expels warm air away from your home and adds cold air. Running these appliances continuously will require your heater to use more energy to fight the preventable coldness. 

5. Look at Your Home’s Outer Edges for Cracks

Check your residence’s exterior. This is the area that shields your house from the outside. If your home has a basement, watch for fluttering cobwebs or chilly air trickling in close by the sides. 

Polyurethane sealers and other things can be used to plug basement walls letting air into your house. Another economical tip is to add foam seals for fixture bases, like ceiling fans, overhead lights or wall outlets. 

They’re simple to use and are fantastic at stopping cold air in the winter. 

6. Measure 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 home’s walls and attic space. This recommendation is based on the geographic spot where you’re located. 

7. Think About Our Advantage Program™ 

Winter might be tough for homeowners with failing units. 

If your furnace is failing or requiring major fixes, there’s a reasonable chance you’re not set to spend thousands on a modern system. 

That’s why we offer our Advantage Program. It helps homeowners like you bypass costly repairs through a low monthly fee. 

We’ll also put in an energy-efficient system in your home. Plus our pro techs will fix and tune it up for you without any extra out-of-pocket fee 

Request an Appointment with Us Today 

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

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

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