Fall is here, which means it’s time to say goodbye to the beach and hello to the crisp, cool air. Before the temperature drops too low, you should take the time to prepare your home for the cooler months that lie ahead. Preparing your home now could save you some serious cash (and headaches) in the late fall and early winter.
Kill the Draft
Having air leaks in your home will send shivers down your spine each time you walk past a door or window. Not only because of the cool air you’ll feel, but because of all the money you’ll realize that you’re losing. To avoid having warm air (that you paid for) exit the house, seal any and all gaps, cracks, and holes. A little bit of weatherstripping and caulk can go a long way!
Your furnace hasn’t been used since mid spring and it’s possible that a whole new slew of problems could have developed since then. After a few months of hiatus, some parts may need repair or even replacement. Have your furnace inspected, cleaned, serviced, and repaired by a professional HVAC technician. Doing this now will prevent your heating system from breaking down in the middle of winter — leaving you sitting in the cold.
Windows and doors that fit poorly in their frames aren’t the only ways for warm air to leak outside. Air leaks can also exist in the HVAC system’s ductwork and can cost the homeowner 20% more per month. Ductwork should be sealed to avoid air leaks as well as insulated to keep the air warm at the desired temperature.
Preparing your home for the fall and winter should be done now — otherwise, your heating bills will skyrocket. When you need an HVAC technician to service your system, contact the pros at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.