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The holiday season is upon Fayetteville, North Carolina, and everything is in order except for one thing: your expensive utility bills. You want to enjoy your time with friends and family without worrying about what you’ll be paying at the end of the month. These three simple tips will help you cut the costs of bills by significantly improving the energy efficiency in your home.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

The best way to keep your utility costs down during the winter is to schedule vital HVAC preventive maintenance. To continue running efficiently, your system needs professional maintenance at least twice a year, ideally once in the spring and once in the fall. Maintenance in the fall and early winter prepares your HVAC system to efficiently handle the increased strain on your heating system that comes with cooler weather. During a professional maintenance appointment, one of our technicians will check your system for broken or faulty components and replace them if necessary, as well as clean the unit.

Seal Air Leaks

Your heating system works hard to maintain comfort in your home, but that job becomes more difficult if cool air is leaking into your living space. Those leaks will put unnecessary strain on your system and hike up your utility bills. Check for air leaks around your doors and windows by looking for the light that peeps in or for excess dust and dirt in the area. Seal those leaks with weatherstripping or a new layer of caulk. If you have areas of your home that are under-insulated, consider adding insulation to those rooms.

Use LED Light Bulbs

Since the days become shorter during the holiday season, you’ll likely be using electricity more often than in the summer, which means your lighting could contribute to higher utility bills. Your standard incandescent light bulbs waste energy every minute they’re being used. LED lights, on the other hand, save energy and last longer than other types of bulbs.

The holidays aren’t the time for stressing about your bills. To reduce your utility costs with professional HVAC maintenance, call Cape Fear Air Conditioning, Heating, & Electrical Company, Inc. at 910-216-9394.

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