With winter just around the corner, it's never too late to prepare for cold temperatures and to budget for home fuel expenses. The first step in making sure your family stays comfortable indoors this winter is to make sure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. Here are just a few things to consider doing now, just before cold temperatures arrive.
Have Your Home's Air Ducts Cleaned
Over time, your home's furnace pulls in dirt, dust and pollen from the outdoors and from the interior of your basement or crawlspace. A HEPA filter can collect a large portion of airborne particles, but many pass through and end up in the nooks and crannies of the heat ducts at vents that connect to the furnace. Having your home's air ducts cleaned helps remove dirt debris and can improve air quality and reduce allergy triggers. It also helps to make your furnace run smoother and more efficiently. Less stress on your furnaces equals less usage and a reduction in gas and electric use.
Weatherproof Your Home
Keeping the warm air in and the cold air out should be your main home heating goal this winter. The best way to do this is through weatherproofing. In addition to making sure the ceiling and walls in your home are filled with insulation, you should also fill in any visible gaps. Check the door frames and window sills to make sure that there are no noticeable spaces. If so, fill in the gaps with spray foam insulation. If the windows aren't energy efficient, apply caulk around the perimeter and a plastic sheathing to help keep air from seeping through.
Request A Home Energy Audit
If you're unsure where the air is leaking out of your home, consider a home energy audit. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could see a savings of up to 30 percent if you address the issues found in your home energy audit. A HVAC specialist will come to your home using various tools such as a combustion analyzer, blower door, watt meter and manometer to help detect air leaks and measure the electrical energy used within your home. This is a great way to fix issues before they cost you more money in the future.
Have Your Furnace Serviced
The best thing you can do to make sure that your home stays cozy and warm this winter is to have your furnace system serviced. A HVAC technician will inspect your furnace and check for efficiency and proper operation. Fixing minor problems will help contribute to how well your furnace produces and maintains a consistent temperature. Contact a professional company, like Alliance Heating & Cooling LLC, and have them send a technician your way.
Consider multiple methods to make sure that your home is as airtight as possible. Conducting proper maintenance helps to contribute to the overall energy efficiency of your home.