Thursday, October 25, 2018

Four Steps to Get Ready for Winter

Waiting until the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter makes it difficult to fully prepare your home for cold weather. It can also mean another season of energy bills that are higher than necessary. Get ahead of the curve and get to work on these four energy saving tasks:

  1. Schedule a Furnace Tune Up
    Unlike your cooling system, your furnace doesn’t get a break all winter. Your heating system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Having your furnace serviced before heating season is in full swing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.
  2. Insulate and Seal Air Leaks
    A home loses most of its energy (including heated air) through the attic. Sealing air leaks in your attic helps keep conditioned air in the home and energy bills low. Installing spray foam insulation seals air leaks and adds R-value in one step.
  3. Add a Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and lifestyle. A smart thermostat can help decrease overall home energy use including heating and cooling costs. According to Nest, a smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.
  4. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
    This takes moments to do and is often overlooked! Changing the direction of your ceiling fans creates an upward draft and redistributes warm air. Helpful hint: Dust your fan blades before reversing directions!

If your home needs air sealing or an insulation upgrade, we can help! Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!



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