Now’s the time to take on some easy home projects that will keep your family more comfortable this winter while also reducing your utility bills. Improving energy efficiency is often a side benefit of basic preventive maintenance work. You don’t have to invest in solar systems or other big-ticket items to see big savings on fuel costs.
Here are some things you can do to prepare for winter. You can do most of these things yourself, but get professional assistance with any of these jobs that you’re not comfortable handling on your own.
- Inspect your home heating system to be sure it’s ready for the tough winters. Be sure the pilot light is lit, burners are clear of dust, electrical connections are clean and tight, fan belts are tight and motors run smoothly.
- Replace your furnace filter regularly to improve airflow.
- Look for leaky joints and seams in your ductwork and seal them with mastic or high-quality tape that’s rated for the job. Be sure insulation is in place around your ducts that run through unconditioned parts of your house, such as your attic or crawl space.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts and be sure water can drain from your roof and away from your house without any obstructions.
- Inspect your windows and doors for air leaks or deteriorating weatherstripping. Caulking leaks and replacing weatherstripping is an inexpensive project that can really pay off by improving energy efficiency.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans from their summer setting to their winter setting to improve room comfort by distributing heated air better.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Improving energy efficiency by keeping your heat turned lower when nobody is home will save you enough money to pay for the thermostat over time.
Call us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing for tips or with any questions you have about basic preventive maintenance and improving energy efficiency. We’ve been helping homeowners in the Grand Traverse County area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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