As summer fades into fall, and fall points toward winter, every time we step outside we’re reminded that instead of worrying about keeping our home cool, our main priority is now heating. Cold Pennsylvania winters can put a serious strain on your heating system and, subsequently, your bank account. Setting aside a bit of time this fall to winterize your house will not only save money and reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system but will also make life cozier during those long, dark winter nights.
Check all your doors for drafts using either a candle or infrared thermal gun, then install weather-stripping or a door sweep to improve the seal. A door sweep is a small barrier that runs along the bottom of the door to keep drafts from sneaking in underneath.
Inspect all openings between the attic and roof, as well as fans, vents, chimney, etc. Fill every gap you find with either caulking or spray foam insulation. Then, if there is room, consider adding more insulation to the attic to further improve it as a buffer to the outdoors.
Once properly programmed, these smart thermostats will automatically raise and lower your home’s temperature depending on when you are there. Shutting off your heat completely when you’re gone puts too much strain on the heating system when it’s time to restore the desired temperature.
In summer, the fans are meant to pull hot air upward away from the living space. By switching them to run clockwise in the winter you can have them force warm air back down where it’s more useful.
A plugged and dirty filter can noticeably reduce the efficiency of your furnace and push heating costs upward. These should be checked monthly to ensure maximum performance.
A lot of heat can be lost simply through leaks and gaps in your duct system. Seal any accessible areas using metal tape.
Winter is coming whether we like it or not, so you may as well be prepared. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, call Action HVAC to book a comprehensive winter preparation consultation.
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