How Mr. Duct Can Help Cut Energy Costs in Winter
You may have noticed rising costs on your gas bill during winter. These costs naturally result from the furnace running daily to keep the house warm in cold weather, but other issues can cause even higher heating costs. Several factors can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently; for instance, the system may need to work harder to heat up a space due to an air duct clog. Luckily, we have several simple actions you can take to potentially save money by decreasing heating costs.
- Regular HVAC Maintenance
A well-maintained HVAC system operates more efficiently and uses less energy, which means lower heating costs for you. A number of signs may be noticeable when the HVAC needs a checkup, including a system that fails to heat or cool well, strange noises from the air ducts or furnace, or unusual odors.
But beyond this, an annual checkup to confirm the system’s status and function allows you to stay one step ahead, allowing you to make informed repair and maintenance decisions before possible issues increase your heating bill or impair a system’s warming or cooling abilities. Our team of experts can check the condition and operation of your HVAC system, identifying and fixing any potential problems before they become costly or inconvenient.
- Cleaning and Sealing Air Ducts
Leaky or dirty air ducts can significantly increase your heating costs by forcing your system to work overtime. We recommend scheduling an annual air duct cleaning to clear any pollutants and prevent future clogs. Some people may be more sensitive to contaminants than others, such as those who suffer from asthma or allergies, so a yearly cleaning can assist in preventing these symptoms.
While you may be tempted to inspect the system yourself, many areas cannot be seen or reached without specialized equipment. Mr. Duct provides thorough air duct cleaning and sealing services, even in those hard-to-reach places, improving air quality and system efficiency and often leading to reduced heating costs.
- Dryer Vent Cleaning
A clogged dryer vent not only increases energy usage, but also poses a fire hazard due to the extremely flammable nature of lint. If not properly cleaned, dryers can overheat and spark unexpected house fires.
Make sure your dryer runs efficiently and safely by having the dryer vent cleared out at least once a year to remove lint build-up, which can also lower costs in the long run.
Excessively clogged vents can add up to about $300 a year for elevated energy use and urgent cleaning services, while an annual cleaning from Mr. Duct comes in under this price tag. Regular cleaning and maintenance also provides a longer life for your dryer, saving you from the need to replace appliances too often. Mr. Duct offers professional cleaning services that help to keep your dryer vent free from lint and other blockages.
- Smart Thermostats
Upgrade to a smart thermostat that can help regulate your home's temperature more efficiently, reducing unnecessary heating. Consider installing a smart thermostat that can be programmed according to your schedule or controlled remotely, ensuring you won’t be paying more to heat an unoccupied home.
- Insulation and Weatherproofing
Proper insulation keeps warm air inside and cold air outside during winter, reducing the workload on your heating system. Check for drafts and seal any leaks. Adding insulation to your attic and any other currently uninsulated spaces can also make a significant difference.
- Energy-Efficient Windows
Windows can be a major source of heat loss in the winter. If replacing windows isn't an option, using thermal curtains or sealing gaps can help.
Avoid unnecessarily high gas bills this winter. Follow these tips for a well-maintained heating system and count on Mr. Duct as your trusted service provider to enjoy a warm, comfortable home without overspending. From cleaning the air ducts to monitoring your HVAC system, you can be better prepared for the cold. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you save this winter!