If you have been experiencing higher than expected heating costs this winter, chances are the heating load on your furnace is excessive. Even though your furnace might run more often, it does not mean you should be spending more to keep your home comfortable. There are ways to make your home more efficient, while helping to reduce heating costs and avoiding unnecessary furnace repair services.
Add Insulation to Your Calgary Home
Many older homes have insufficient insulation to prevent heat loss during the winter and stop warm air from getting indoors during the summer. One area of the home that is often lacking in sufficient insulation is the attic. When adding insulation to your home, you need to have a general understanding of R-values, which is how the construction industry measures the heat resistance and effectiveness of insulation.
Essentially, all you need to know about R-value is it is the equivalent of insulating power and the ability to resist heat loss. So, insulation with an R-value of 50 will provide better insulating power than insulation with a lower R-value. It is important to get as much R-value into the spaces you can reach without compressing the insulation.
Adding more insulation will make your home more energy efficient and comfortable. In attics, where you tend to have plenty of space to add insulation, it is recommended to upgrade to an R-value of 50 for the best results.
Seal or Replace Windows
If you have an older home with single pane windows, you are literally throwing money out the window as you are losing heat and cool air, which increases heating and cooling costs. It is better to upgrade to dual pane or triple pane windows with an E-coating on them to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Windows with E-coatings help to block out the radiant heat of the sun, while allowing light to pass through the window. Windows with low E-coating ratings are sufficient for most homes.
If you already have dual or triple pane windows, take the time to reseal the caulking around the windows annually. Caulking can crack and create small pockets for air to get into the home. If you are noticing cold air drafts, chances are the caulking needs to be resealed around the windows.
Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat gives you the flexibly to automatically control the comfort levels in your home. For instance, most people program a lower temperature when they are away during the day or sleeping and slightly higher temperatures first thing in the morning when waking up and at night when returning home. As a result, they use less energy whenever they are away and are not sacrificing their comfort when they are home. There are even programmable thermostats that work with home humidification systems and can be controlled remotely right from your smartphone.
Annual Furnace Maintenance
It is recommended you schedule annual furnace maintenance to have your home heating and cooling system inspected for potential problems. Annual maintenance will help identify potential problems before they occur and help save on those unexpected furnace repairs during the colder winter months.
By taking the time and making energy efficient improvements to your home, along with annual furnace maintenance, you can reduce the heating load on your furnace and lower your heating and cooling bills.
For more information about our 30-point annual maintenance and tune-up services, programmable thermostats, or other suggestions for improving the efficiency of your home heating and cooling system, feel free to contact Distinct Heating & Cooling today by phoning (403) 477-3810. Our air conditioning and furnace repair, maintenance, and installation technician experts are happy to discuss your needs, answer your questions, and present you with your available options.