The arrival of winter usually means freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, strong wind, and potentially high utility bills. However, you can mitigate winter damage and reduce your energy use with these home maintenance tips.
Seal doors and windows
To lower your utility bills without lowering the thermostat, you should seal all doors and windows in preparation for winter. A significant amount of heat loss occurs through windows and doors. However, this can be avoided simply by resealing your windows. Remove old cracked caulking, apply new, and check the weather-stripping for damage or leaks. In addition, certain drapes and window treatments also help to prevent heat from leaking out of your home.
Upgrade to energy-efficient alternatives
Upgrading to energy-efficient alternatives is one way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without increasing your utility bills. Additionally, it’s better for the environment! For example, you can upgrade to more energy-efficient windows and doors.
In addition, you can also install a smart or programmable thermostat that adjusts your home's temperature automatically. Fagnan’s Furnace Service offers a range of programmable and smart thermostats. We can help you choose and program one for optimal efficiency.
New attic insulation
Attic insulation is also essential for greater energy efficiency and home comfort this winter. Thermal energy is lost through poorly insulated attics, resulting in higher energy bills. It also means your HVAC has to work harder to maintain the same temperature. To keep more heat inside your home, ensure your attic insulation is up to the task.
Have your roof checked for damage
It’s crucial that your roof is kept in good repair. Otherwise, you run the risk of serious water damage that can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Additionally, if your roof has sustained damage or weakened, it’s especially vulnerable to winter weather. Heavy snowfall, ice build-up, and extreme winds can further damage or destroy your roof and cause a leak into the home.
Professional furnace maintenance
You’re going to be relying on your furnace a lot over winter. After all, it keeps you warm on those bitterly cold nights (and days)! However, professional maintenance is essential for the performance and longevity of your furnace. It also helps to prevent emergency breakdowns.
You should schedule a furnace tune-up with your HVAC contractor before the first day of winter arrives. That way, you can rest assured that your furnace will get through winter without issue. In addition, a fall furnace tune-up will ensure the furnace runs safely and at peak efficiency.
Schedule a furnace tune-up
As you prepare your home for winter, don’t forget to have your furnace serviced. Staying warm and cozy all winter long begins with a fall furnace tune-up from Fagnan’s Furnace Services. Our knowledgeable staff has decades of experience working on HVAC units from all major manufacturers.
We’re also a Carrier Authorized Factory Dealer and can help you find a high-efficiency furnace if it is time for a replacement.