Winterize Your Home to Optimize Your New Heating System
So, you’ve installed a new heating system in your Midtown home, and you expect great things from it. And rightly so - unless you fail to winterize your home.
You see, even a top-of-the-line, high-efficiency heating system won’t give you the kind of return on investment you expect (that is, lower heating bills and higher home comfort) if it has to overcome energy losses due to an inefficient home envelope.
Here’s how to winterize your home so that your energy savings become the envy of the block:
Give Drafts the Boot
Keep more heated air inside your home by stopping drafts at doors. Installing new doors is optimal. However, you can also use a rolled up towel or draft snake. Line it up on the bottom of doors to stop drafts.
Furnace Maintenance 101
Homeowners shouldn’t attempt to maintain their furnaces and heat pumps unless they’re changing filters. In fact, you should change your furnace filter to keep the system in good shape, and winterize your home, too. A clean filter is essential for keeping indoor air free of contaminants, ensuring airflow through the heating system and keeping energy costs low.
Don’t Forget Windows
Old, inefficient, single-pane windows can lose a lot of heat. Install storm windows outside if you have them or buy a window-sealing kit to apply plastic around the windows. Both measures stop energy loss and keep your energy bills from soaring unnecessarily.
Seal the Envelope
Windows and doors are not the only spots where homes lose energy. You may not be able to see them, but cracks are likely in the exterior shell of your home - often called the envelope - where air loss occurs, driving your home’s energy consumption up. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that homes lose up to 30 percent of their energy through leaks. Use caulk to seal around areas like window trim, baseboards and spots where utilities enter the home.
Put a Blanket on It
Your home, that is. A blanket of insulation stops energy loss through the home’s shell. Insulation acts as a barrier, so heat in the home effectively bounces off the insulation and is prevented from moving outside. Keeping more heat inside makes sense, and helps lower energy bills.
Keep your new heating system operating well with annual maintenance from the experts at Casteel Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. Call us today to schedule an appointment or for advice on how to winterize your home.
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