Fall is here, and that means one of two things:
- Pumpkin Spice
- Winter is coming.
We’re happy to introduce our new 3 part blog series, “Preparing Your Home for Old Man Winter.” Each installment will touch on some obvious and some not so obvious ways that you can save money on utilities while protecting your investment.
TIP! Schedule Heating Maintenance
You may have held off on turning the heat up but make no mistake, it won’t be long. To work at peak performance and efficiency, all heaters need to be inspected by a qualified professional on an annual basis. If you haven’t been diligent in scheduling regular heating maintenance, your comfort and wallet could feel the strain this winter. If you fall into the not-so-diligent category, call the HVAC experts at Suter Services to schedule an appointment for heating maintenance.
Every year you go without a winter preparedness checkup, your heating system loses 5% of its overall efficiency. This loss of efficiency will compound over time. You shouldn’t have to pour an unnecessary amount of money into heating your home. Many energy companies offer rebates to help offset the cost of annual furnace efficiency checks and performance tune-ups. For example, in Sioux City and the surrounding area, MidAmerican Energy offers a rebate of up to $180.00 for customers who use SAVE-certified HVAC technicians to improve furnace performance.
Also, many warranties may be voided if a qualified technician isn’t performing yearly heating maintenance. A technician can also diagnose any small issues before they become major issues. By maintaining your system, you ensure comfort while saving money.
No one wants to deal with mediocre output from their heating system or worse, a heating system that doesn’t work at all. Scheduling your heating maintenance before the cold sets in gives you peace of mind. You can rest assured knowing that when the heater does kick on, everything will be in working order.
One of the main reasons to schedule your fall checkup is to keep your system in prime working condition. By having yearly checkups, you vastly improve the longevity and integrity of your system. Don’t forget to schedule your fall checkup with one of our qualified HVAC experts today!
TIP! It’s Great to Insulate
If your home is improperly insulated, both your heater and A/C are working a lot harder than need be. Heat will try and escape through any adjacent unheated areas of your home. Proper insulation will create a barrier to stop the uneven flow of heat.
The attic is the first place you should look to upgrade your insulation. Heat from your furnace rises and will escape through a poorly insulated attic. Insulation is measured based on R-Value, and for us Siouxlanders, an R49 to R60 is the best choice for an uninsulated attic. If adding more insulation, R38 to R49 will provide optimal thermal performance. Energy Star has a detailed map that recommends insulation levels based on your geographic location and the area of your home you’re insulating.
If your walls or floor are chilly, it’s a good indication that you may need more insulation. If you are unsure, schedule a home energy audit. One of our HVAC technicians will measure your home’s heat loss and gain. A home energy audit encompasses a lot more than just checking your insulation, and this service could end up putting anywhere from 5-30% of your energy bill back in your pocket.
Stay tuned, folks! In our next article, we have some exterior preparation tips to keep you warmer this winter.