Thinking about how to reduce your energy bills this fall and winter season? It’s all about repairing, upgrading and doing a bit of DIY. The following will explain 5 ways to lower your energy bill this fall & winter.
5 Ways to Save up on HVAC Costs During the Cold Season
1. Do An HVAC Tuneup
Your Bay Area HVAC system may be costing you hundreds of extra dollars in heating costs per year if it’s not running in optimal condition. A regular tuneup just before the fall or winter season can do wonders for your wallet and your overall home comfort. Get that loose fan belt, flickering pilot lights or poorly lubricated fans fixed and you’ll be saving around 10 percent on your bill.
2. Replace Your Windows
Storm windows are great alternatives for when you can’t justify the cost of adding in new ones. Opt for the triple track ones as they could reduce heat loss by as much as 25 percent. Prioritize replacing your single pane windows first to get the most out of your money.
3. Get Energy Star Appliances
An appliance with an Energy Star sticker means that it uses half as much electricity as compared to appliances that were manufactured fifteen years ago, and about 15% less energy as compared to their non-Energy Star counterparts. Consider replacing your dishwasher, washing machine and fridge with newer appliances to get a lower energy bill.
4. Seal Air Leaks
Keep in the warm air as much as possible by going around the house and plugging up all the air leaks from your plumbing, wiring, doors and windows. You can save up to 10% of your total Bay Area heating just by doing the following:
- Weatherstrip and caulk around your windows.
- Caulking door frames and installing a door sweep.
- Using expanding foam to fill in the larger holes in electrical and plumbing works.
Remember to check your attic and crawl spaces for air leaks as well. Seal up the ductwork using foil-backed tape or a mastic duct sealant.
5. Insulate Your Attic
Save up to a whopping 30 percent on your next energy bill when you insulate your home for the upcoming fall and winter. This is particularly helpful if your house is more than 20 years old!
Spread the insulation around the attic and in basement walls, ceilings, crawl spaces and recessed light fixtures.
See Also: Fall & Winter Energy-Saving Tips
Contact Us Today for Castro Valley HVAC Maintenance or Energy Efficient Upgrades
Call BA Morrison, your friendly Castro Valley general contractor to have your HVAC unit serviced in preparation for the upcoming fall & winter seasons. HVAC maintenance is key to lowering your utility bill! Give us a call today at (510) 538-9817 or contact us online 24/7.