Does your energy bill skyrocket as soon as the temperature drops? Your home is in good company. Many people struggle to keep their energy bills under control during the winter months because their homes aren’t very energy efficient.
The good news is that you aren’t powerless to improve your situation. In fact, there are a variety of relatively simple things you can do to boost your home’s energy efficiency during the winter so you pay less on your utility bills while still staying warm. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Schedule a heating system tune-up
Most people faithfully maintain and service their cars, but don’t give their heating system a second thought until it stops working. The longer your heating system goes without a tune-up, the less efficiently it will run. Here are a few warning signs of a slowing HVAC system—and reasons why you should call Southern Air Heating & Cooling today for heating repair:
- Sudden increase in utility bills
- Reduction in airflow coming out of your vents
- Unusual noises coming from your heating system
- Sudden changes in your indoor air quality
- Inability to maintain the desired temperature in your home
- Odd smells coming from your vents and registers
Want to prevent furnace and heat pump problems in the first place? A heating tune-up can help prevent major issues and ensure everything is in good working order. Even if you don’t notice obvious signs of trouble, it’s wise to have your heating system checked out every year. We recommend calling us to schedule yours in the fall, a few months before winter sets in.
Add insulation to your attic
Did you know that up to 50% of your home’s heating energy can drain out through the attic? This is especially true if you live in an older home with insufficient insulation. To make sure your heat stays inside where it belongs, consider adding insulation to your attic this fall.
There are a variety of insulation types you can choose from, including loose-fill fiberglass, spray foam, cellulose, and fiberglass batts. They each have their own unique features and price points, so it’s important to talk with our team of HVAC professionals to figure out what type of attic insulation will work best for your home.
Caulk around windows and doors
When is the last time you caulked around your windows and doors? If you can’t remember, or if it’s been longer than a few years, it’s time to do it again.
Failing to re-caulk windows and doors on a regular basis can lead to significant air leakage through minute cracks around doors and window frames. Other areas you may want to seal include utility entrances (where faucets, wiring, and cables enter your home) and around exterior trim. In addition to making your home more efficient, caulking these areas can also prevent pests from getting into your home.
Upgrade to a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat can help you save by allowing you to change your temperatures remotely so you use minimal energy when you’re away at work or on vacation. You can also set up a schedule in the thermostat so that it automatically adjusts the temperature on weekdays when you’re at work, heating the home back up for a cozy evening by the time you return home.
Call Southern Air to schedule your HVAC tune-up
If you feel overwhelmed by the many suggestions for improving your energy efficiency, start with the basics. Tuning-up the system you already have is the perfect first step to lowering your energy usage and costs.
To schedule your service or consultation, call Southern Air Heating & Cooling or contact us today. Once we receive your information, we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.