How to Winterize Your Home

As the weather starts to cool down for the year, there are several things you need to do to make sure your home is ready for winter. Things like sealing gaps and adding new insulation will save you money on energy bills. Having someone inspect your furnace and make any heating repairs now will ensure that your HVAC system is safe, reliable and energy efficient. Let us show you how to do these things so that you can have an enjoyable, money-saving winter.

Eliminating Drafts

Drafts throughout your home are one of the largest contributing factors to high energy bills. Before it gets too cold, you’ll want to do a thorough inspection of all areas that may not be properly sealed. Start with your foundation. Using caulk or expanding foam, make sure any cracks and crevices are sealed – including gaps around outdoor spigots or any plumbing and wiring that enters your foundation walls.

You’ll also want to take a look at your windows and doors to make sure that the weather stripping is providing a good seal. If necessary, caulk around window and door frames to minimize air leaks in the winter.

Double Check Your Insulation

Insulation breaks down with time, and among older homes, there may be very little insulation or none at all. While you can’t sneak a peek at the insulation inside your walls, you can look in the attic, basement and any crawlspaces. Add insulation wherever necessary to help keep the heat indoors.

You’ll also want to look at any exposed plumbing or heat ducts. Insulating your plumbing can prevent frozen pipes, and it also helps prevent heat loss in hot water lines. Ductwork – especially that which is running through unheated spaces – should be completely insulated so that the warm air inside doesn’t cool before reaching its destination.

Getting Your Furnace in Peak Condition

The most important part of your winter preparation process is making sure your furnace is ready to go. While changing your furnace filter is part of the job, it’s not all that you’ll need to do. Consider having a professional inspect your furnace. A qualified technician from Total Comfort Heating & Cooling can do a tune-up, make minor adjustments and attend to a variety of other things that will make your HVAC system run more efficiently. In addition, they can take care of small heating repairs now so that your furnace doesn’t leave you stuck during the coldest part of the year.

By doing these three things, you could save yourself an enormous amount of money on your heating bill this winter. Not only that, but you’ll save yourself the hassle of worrying whether or not you’ll need to make emergency heating repairs. Contact Total Comfort Heating & Cooling today for more information.

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