A more energy efficient home saves you money year-round, but in Massachusetts, it’s especially beneficial during the winter months. When temperatures plummet, energy bills often soar.
The good news? There are several ways of making your home more energy efficient. Here are a few tips from the experts at Nicholson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning.
Proper heating system maintenance goes a long way toward lowering your monthly energy bills. When not properly maintained, furnaces and other heating systems are forced to work harder to warm your home, therefore driving up your energy bills. To keep your heating system running efficiently, replace the filter regularly. Clogged filters obstruct airflow and can lead to premature system failure. Have your air ducts cleaned, and make sure your vents are not blocked.
It’s a good idea to have your heating system inspected by an HVAC technician annually as well. During an inspection, it’s often possible to detect and correct minor problems before they turn into major disasters.
If your home isn’t well-insulated, investing in some extra insulation could drastically reduce your energy bills. Add new insulation to walls and ceilings and in your attic. Also, use weather stripping or caulk to make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed.
If possible, replace old, drafty windows with newer, more energy efficient ones. If not, invest in a set of thermal curtains to help block out the cold air.
From your washer and dryer to your water heater, you likely use a lot of appliances on a daily basis. Older appliances simply aren’t as energy efficient as newer models, and upgrading is a good way to see considerable savings on your energy bills. As a bonus, you may even qualify for tax rebates for making the switch.
With a programmable thermostat, you can choose one temperature when you and your family are home and another while you’re away. The thermostat will automatically reduce the temperature when you aren’t at home, and it will turn it back up in time for you to return to a comfy, cozy house.
Do you need help making your home more energy efficient? If so, contact Nicholson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer a full range of services, and we can help you make your home more efficient and lower your energy bills. Schedule an appointment with one of our experts today by calling 508-881-1500!
Francis from Nicholson Plumbing and Heating was excellent. He was here to evaluate HVAC in our home. He was very patient and answered all my questions. He is also polite and easy to communicate with him. He explained technical concepts to me in layperson terms!
- Shelley S.
Nicholson offered what is possibly the best customer service I have dealt with in a home repair situation. I called them because I was looking to replace my very old furnace. They came out to do an initial estimate, and then came back when I had some further questions about my options. After installing the furnace, they ran into some problems with my air ducts. This happened on a Friday, and the problem was fixed by Monday afternoon. In addition to their excellent service, they did quality work at a fair price. I would recommend them to anyone looking for an HVAC company in the Framingham area!
- Melissa T.
Recently used these guys because my HVAC unit AC wasn’t working (first hot day of summer). Showed up on time, wore booties, fixed the unit. During the visit we talked about how my unit was having problems in the winter – which was resulting in NSTAR service calls of maybe 3-4 times per season (I am on a service plan with them). He was the first guy to tell me WHY the problem was happening, and HOW to fix it. I find it strange that all of the NSTAR guys etc. no one took time to point out how to fix the source of the problem…Very professional, smart. I would use them again, and plan to for the fix on my heating unit!
- Ben J.
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