January Money Saving Tips

January Money Saving TipsFor most homeowners, saving money is an all-season goal. However, certain times of the year are more advantageous than others when it comes to reducing specific expenses. January, for example, presents a good opportunity to take steps that will cut monthly heating and cooling costs. Here are some ways to start the new year by saving money while also enhancing household comfort.

Evaluate your insulation.

Many existing homes built during previous eras of lower energy costs are under-insulated by today’s Department Of Energy standards. Upgrading attic insulation is an effective way to lower costs due to excessive heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. In our climate zone, current DOE specs call for upgrading an attic with 3 or 4 inches of existing insulation to the R38 standard. This means adding at least an additional 6 inches of fiberglass batts or 12 inches of cellulose loose fill insulation. New insulation can be added without removing the existing layer.

Consider a new air conditioner.

To maintain sales volume during the off-season, your HVAC dealer may offer special incentives on A/C purchase and installation now. If your existing central unit is 8 years old or more, its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating may be lower than what’s standard today. Upgrading now means you’ll benefit from monthly energy savings from day one this coming summer, plus get improved cooling performance and reliability.

Seal the house.

Finding and sealing air leaks that cause heat loss or heat gain isn’t rocket science. It’s basic DIY home maintenance. However, the combined effect of sealing many small leaks can add up to meaningful energy savings. Look for cracks and gaps in the joints between walls and along baseboards. Seal them with household silicone caulk. Also check for openings in the ceiling—around recessed ceiling lights or attic pull-down stairs, for example—that allow rising heat to escape. Feel for cold drafts around doors and windows and replace worn weatherstripping where necessary.

Ask Paitson Bros. about saving money year-round with upgrades and improvements. We’ve been your source for lower heating and cooling costs since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859. 

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