As we move into colder weather, here are some tips on preparing your home for winter:
- HVAC Inspection: You may feel relaxed since your air conditioner just got you through summer, but now that we’re turning on the heat, it’s a good time to schedule an inspection of your heating system. You can consider a “clean and tune,” in which an HVAC professional will inspect and clean the blower, coils, and the elements or burners.
- Check and Seal Air Leaks: People frequently think that drafty windows are the reason their homes are expensive to heat in the winter and cool in the summer. In many circumstances, air leaks at the top and bottom of the home are the culprit, letting treated air escape the house while at the same time bringing in unwanted outdoor air. You can check on common air leak sources, such as gaps near plumbing stacks and ductwork. While isolated gaps may not seem like a big deal, together they can add up to a lot of air escaping your home, leading to your HVAC system working harder than it should…and costing you money.
- Consider a Home Energy Audit: If you want a deeper dive into energy use (and waste), consider an energy audit. This will include an in-depth analysis of your home’s energy consumption, a blower door test, and actionable steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency. You can contact your local electrical cooperative’s energy advisor about a home energy audit. And you can get more energy efficiency ideas and request that audit at www.powermoves.com.