As the days grow shorter and the weather starts to chill, Canadian homeowners are turning up the heat. In the process, some of them are paying far too much for gas and electricity. This is due to homes which are leaking heat like a sieve and/or old and inefficient furnaces. Therefore, to save homeowners from a season of sky-high energy bills, the HRAI offers tips to ensure your home heating doesn’t go to waste.
Tips to Ensure Your Home Heating Doesn’t Go to Waste
Schedule your annual HVAC maintenance. Just like a car, your home’s heating system is a major investment and a complicated, highly specialized machine. And, just like a car, you need to tune it up annually to keep it running efficiently. So, hire a qualified HVAC contractor to inspect your home heating system. They’ll make sure that it’s working as well as it should and that it lasts as long as possible.
Conduct a home energy audit. In the summer, you might leak cold air. In the winter, you might leak hot air. Regardless of the season, if you’ve got a leaky home, you’ll definitely drain your bank account. An audit can seem like an intimidating concept. But, when it comes to a home energy evaluation or “audit”, the results can be very beneficial. A certified Energy Advisor helps homeowners learn where energy is escaping from their home. Therefore, they can address the issues and realize significant cost savings on home energy bills. This is often up to 30 per cent. Plus, they’ll improve the resale value of their home. In many provinces, government rebates are offered for this important service.
Check up on your furnace and, if necessary, upgrade it. Older furnaces can be wasteful. New furnaces must live up to exacting standards. In fact, new furnaces can be up to 60% more efficient than older, existing systems. A qualified HVAC contractor can help you find out what kind of heating solution is right for your home.
After a long day in the cold, there’s nothing like a warm, welcoming home. But, as valuable as your comfort is, be sure you’re not paying more than you should. Ensure your home heating doesn’t go to waste.
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