It’s hard to think about winter weather when summer is still alive and well. Waiting until the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter makes it difficult to fully prepare for cold weather. It also can mean another season of energy bills that are higher than necessary. Get ahead of the curve and get to work on these five tasks:
- 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 cold weather is in full swing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.
- 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. Take it a step further and air seal around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other penetrations in the building envelope.
- Upgrade Your Insulation
Insulation provides a thermal layer to help keep energy in your home. Once attic air leaks are sealed, add a fresh blanket of insulation to provide additional energy savings. Adding insulation to your attic is a cost effective way to save money on energy bills.
- Add a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and your 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.
- Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Reversing your ceiling fans takes minutes to do, but 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 the direction!
If your home needs air sealing or an insulation upgrade, we can help! Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!