From freezing rain to snowstorms, the coldest temperatures in Central Virginia typically occur between December and February. Home heating systems run on overtime during the winter season, and energy bills rise in turn. If your monthly energy expenses are making it challenging to save money, now's the time to take action. Improving your home's heating efficiency will help keep costs manageable and enhance your comfort too.
Plug the Air Leaks
Any gap in your home's exterior walls lets in cold air and allows heated air to escape outside. This forces your heating system to use more energy to keep you comfortable. Common sources of air infiltration include drafty windows and utility conduits like plumbing pipes, electrical wiring and phone lines. Sealing the air leaks with spray-foam insulation and caulk can cut your energy bills by 10 percent.
Seal the Ducts
Make sure that the ductwork you count on to warm your home isn't wasting your money. In the average American home, up to 30 percent of the air that blows through ductwork is lost to leaks. Sealed ducts that pass through unconditioned areas like attics can be big energy wasters too. Covering ductwork with insulation can save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bills each year.
Schedule a Heater TuneUp
When it comes to heating efficiency, it's hard to overstate the importance of proper system maintenance. The checks, calibrations and cleanings performed during a service call help to ensure that your heater operates at peak performance. It's also the best way to spot and resolve a potential problem before it develops into an unexpected repair or replacement.
At Air Excellence, Inc., our maintenance plans come with additional benefits including rewards programs and discounts on repairs. From ductwork services to new heating installations, we offer everything you need in Central Virginia for your winter comfort. For information about our full range of heating services, explore our HVAC solutions. You can also give us a call today at 804-885-3888 for expert advice and solutions.