You may not be feeling the crush of winter yet, but you will in just a few weeks or maybe in some cases just a few days. As the temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s most people often lack the want to get outside and do anything, much less work on their homes. It simply isn’t easy doing things around the house during colder winter time months.
This is probably the reason professional HVAC service contractors get plenty of calls during this time of the year. Heater maintenance and new heater installation may not be the first thing on your mind during milder months of the year, but many will tell you that this is the best time to complete such tasks. Keeping your home as comfortable as possible, no matter what the weather, requires a little preparation and some planning ahead.
One of the best ways to keep your heater working properly during those cold winter nights is to have heater maintenance performed long before it is needed. While there are some things that home owners can do to keep energy costs down, heating service is best left to the experts. This is because they know exactly what to do and can make recommendations you would never think of.
Here are some things that you can do to help keep your home comfortable even when the weather is blustery outside.
Any winterizing project embarked upon by the home owner should begin with stopping drafts from eating up energy dollars. Drafts account for a great deal of lost energy efficiency in a home, and since heat rises the best place to begin looking for leaks is in the attic. A little caulk or weather stripping can do wonders and if the insulation has settled or shifted, you might want to consider installing more.
Next examine areas around basement walls to see if you can find drafts there. Again, some caulk, weather stripping or insulation may be all that is required to correct these. After that, check the windows and doors. After a year’s worth of use, there is likely to be some missing weather stripping and caulk here and there, so be sure to check them out good.
You should be able to easily tell where air is leaking out, and when that is happening you can be sure that cold air will leak in as well which will decrease your family’s comfort and reduce the energy efficiency of your home. Seal these up with caulk or weather stripping and things will be better for the effort. Even though it is not always aesthetic pleasing, a little plastic film on the windows can reduce heat loss through leaky windows and save on energy costs.
With a little bit of work on your part and some effective heater maintenance from your friendly professional HVAC service company and you should be comfortable in your home throughout the winter.