Turn Your Drafty, Cold Home Into A Model Of Efficiency This Winter!
Is your home cold, drafty, and unpleasant in winter? Now is the time to seal your home's air leaks and turn your home into a model of energy efficiency. Following these tips can help you keep your home warmer, spend less money on utilities, and cut back on drafts in your house.
Weatherize Windows and Doors
Foam weather strips are available for sale at home improvement centers and hardware stores, and can easily be installed by homeowners. To install your weather strips, simply cut down the strips to match the length of your home's door and window frames, then install the strips around the edges of doors and windows after removing the sticky backing.
You can further weatherize your windows by installing a low-e coating on your windows. Low-e coatings can reduce loss of heat through the windows, improving your overall energy savings by 10 to 15%. Low-e coatings are available for sale from stores that sell specialty window accessories and products, and should be installed by professionals.
Get a Furnace Tune Up or Upgrade
Furnaces can become inefficient over time, but you can slow this natural progression by having an HVAC professional inspect your furnace on a yearly basis. Remember, if your furnace is dirty inside or needs repair, your unit can actually lose efficiency over the course of the winter, so it's a good idea to have your HVAC professional come earlier rather than later.
While your HVAC repair professional is on your property, have him or her check the efficiency of your furnace. If your furnace that is more than 20 years old and is less than 80% efficient, it's a good candidate for replacement. If this is the case, ask your HVAC professional, such as Home Comfort Systems, about high efficiency furnaces and if such a furnace is right for use in your home.
Seal and Insulate Air Ducts
Leaky air ducts can send warm air into your attic and other parts of your house that you don't want to heat. You can prevent this from happening by sealing the leaks and insulating the ducts. Have your ducts inspected by an HVAC professional when he or she comes to give your furnace a tune up. Your HVAC professional can tell you whether or not your air ducts are efficient, and if they're not, he or she can make recommendations for repair.
Following these tips will help you make your home more energy efficient this winter. For more information about how you can keep your home warmer and for less money, contact a reputable and trusted HVAC professional in your area.