Winter will be here before you know it. Even though Texas doesn’t usually get snow or ridiculously low temperatures, you still need to be prepared for the coming heating season. Nearly 50 percent of the average home’s energy consumption is from its HVAC system, and if you’re not careful, your winter energy bills can go through the roof. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent this. Here are five steps you can take this fall to improve home energy efficiency for the winter.
- Seal air leaks. When cold air enters your house, it takes longer for the furnace to heat your home, wasting energy. Weatherstrip your windows and doors and check for leaks around the house, sealing them with caulking or expanding foam.
- Insulate your attic. Insulation is one of the best ways to improve home energy efficiency. It helps keep the heat inside, allowing your furnace to work more efficiently. Make sure attic insulation comes past the rim joists, and insulate walls to reduce drafts
- Fix leaky faucets. These cost money at any time of year. But if a pipe breaks in the freezing winter, it will be much more expensive to repair. Take the initiative and have your leaks fixed now.
- Clear gutters. Leaves and debris can block the flow of water, causing it to pool. If it isn’t taken care of in the fall, in winter those pools of water can freeze in your gutters. The ice weighs the gutters down and can eventually break them. Make sure gutters are completely free of debris.
- Get a furnace tune-up. To improve home energy efficiency, it’s important to make sure your furnace is working properly. Fall is the perfect time for furnace maintenance. You don’t want to wait until the weather turns cold to find out you have no heat. An HVAC technician can service your system, making sure it’s in peak condition and keeping you comfortable without wasting energy.
For more home energy efficiency tips and general HVAC advice, contact our experts at AirRite Air Conditioning Company, Inc. We’ve provided service and comfort to the Arlington and Fort Worth areas since 1955.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about increasing your home energy efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide at “http://blog.airrite.com/free-home-comfort-solutions-guide/” .
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