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When the seasons change and the weather turns chilly in Dwight, Illinois, your monthly energy bills tend to go up. Keep the costs to heat and cool your home down by making some simple changes around the house.

Keep Vents and Ducts Clean

The ducts move air from the HVAC system to the various rooms of your home, while the vents provide a place for the air to come through and raise or lower the temperature. When either (or both) of these are dirty, the system has to work harder to move air through a smaller space. Keep the vents clean by vacuuming often and wiping any visible dust with a soft cloth.

A professional can handle the duct cleaning process, which involves removing all debris from the ducts with a heavy-duty vacuum. The technician may also use sanitizing spray to kill bacteria and get rid of any mold spores in the ducts. This service will allow for better airflow, which reduces energy waste and can help with the indoor air quality in your home.

Laundry Tips

When you throw a load of laundry in the washing machine and use the hot setting, this appliance will use quite a bit of energy to heat the water. Instead, try washing your clothes on cold or warm to reduce energy waste.

Eliminate Drafts

Drafty windows and doors account for a substantial amount of energy loss, especially when it’s cold outside. Cold air can come inside through the gaps, while heated air from your HVAC system is pushed out. Replace old weatherstripping around windows and doors and keep windows and doors covered and closed when it’s chilly. Older windows may need to be replaced as they’re not as well-insulated as double-paned, newer options.

If your cooling and heating bills are still higher than they should be, contact Popejoy Inc. at 815-246-3291 to schedule an inspection.

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