Prep Your Home for the Winter Season
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- Published: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 19:23
With meteorologists predicting this winter to be significantly harsher, with more snow than in years past, it is more important than ever to ensure your home’s HVAC system is in peak condition. These simple home maintenance tips will ensure that your family will be warm and comfortable in your home this winter.
· Change Your Filters
It’s beneficial to get in the habit of changing your air filters monthly, even if they don’t appear dirty to the naked eye. Replacing the filters in your heating system will not only improve indoor air quality, but reduce your energy costs and increase your heating system’s efficiency.
· Make Sure Your Vents Aren’t Blocked
Blocked vents prevent heat and fresh air from circulating throughout the house. Move any furniture or curtains away from the vent to allow air to evenly circulate. Additionally, it is important to remove any clutter from around the furnace; this is a fire hazard and can block combustion air supply.
· Clean Your Vents
Dirty air ducts and vents means unclean air will be circulating within your home. Use a vacuum cleaner to rid your vents of any dust, dirt, or pollen.
· Test Your Thermostat
It is important to ensure your HVAC system is working properly before winter fully hits. On a cool fall morning, turn on the heat to make sure your HVAC system is working properly. Set the thermostat to your preferred “wintertime” temperature; if the HVAC takes too long to reach that temperature, or never reaches it at all, there may be a problem with your system.
· Insulate Your Attic
The average homeowner can expect to save 20% on HVAC costs by simply insulating their attic. The attic, unfinished basement walls, and crawlspaces are major areas for air leakage. By insulating, your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain your home’s proper temperature.
· Check Your Windows
Fall weather is perfect for keeping windows open for breezes, but once winter sets in it is important to make sure those windows are fully closed and locked. Unlocked windows do not seal completely and allow cold air into your home.
· Check For Drafts
Weatherizing your home can save you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs, so check the weather stripping and caulking on every door and window in your home. Repair any broken or cracked seals to prevent heat from escaping and cold winter air from entering.
Following these quick and easy home maintenance tips will get your home ready for winter in no time. Need a little extra professional help prepping your home? Call us today at (618) 345-7498 to schedule a comprehensive maintenance inspection! We will even remind you of when it is time for your 18-point inspection if you sign up for our Maintenance Membership Program. Let us help lower your energy bill and extend the life of your HVAC system – call us today.