When the weather begins to turn cool, the time comes to prepare your home for the changing temperatures. Now is the time to check your HVAC heating system to ensure everything runs at optimal levels. To maximize your home's heating, take some additional steps so your home remains warm.
Check Your Home for Drafts
When you spend money on energy to heat your home, you do not want to allow the heat to simply leak outside through drafts. Drafty homes are more difficult to keep warm and cost more to heat thoroughly.
Before the weather begins to cool, take the time to check all the areas around your home in which air could get inside. Check around windows, doors, or anywhere else you think warm air could escape.
To be sure you have a draft, place your hand near the area. If you feel any air coming from outside, you have a leak. If you do not feel anything but believe the area could still be a problem, you can do a candle test. Simply light a candle and hold it near the area. If you see any slight flicker of the flame, you have a leak.
To repair the drafty leak, you can purchase some weatherstripping or caulk to place in these areas.
Another potential air leak source is the ducting. If you are able, check your ducting as well. Look for any tears, holes, or rips. If you see any problems, have your HVAC technician come to inspect the ducting and make any necessary repairs.
Check the Insulation
Homes without proper insulation will not hold warmth as efficiently. You will end up increasing the temperature on your thermostat to high levels just to be comfortable, which will increase both your energy costs and the workload of your system. Now is the time to consider an update in your insulation.
Look in your attic, inside walls, and in the basement to see if your insulation fully covers those areas. If you notice any insulation in poor condition or if the insulation does not seem sufficient, you may want to consider an installation. If you do not know exactly what to look for regarding your insulation, a contractor can come to your home and evaluate it for you.
Many energy companies now offer some incentives to upgrade your insulation. Energy companies realize the impact proper insulation has on energy use, so they often offer rebates and discounts to customers who upgrade the insulation. Contact your energy company to see if they offer this.
Check Your Air Vents
You also need to check the air vents throughout your home before the weather begins to cool. Air vents are typically located on the ceiling, but some homes locate them on the floor. The air runs through the ducting and into your home through the air vents. If the vents are dirty or clogged with dust, the air cannot get inside as efficiently. You will also have dust blowing through your home.
Before you turn the heat on, take some time to dust your air vents. Check for anything blocking the vents, such as furniture, curtains, or wall art. If you have old or damaged air vents, you should replace them as well. Air vents are not expensive and are easy to install.
Above all, the best way to get your home ready for cooler weather is to have us service your HVAC at Briarwood Heating & Cooling. We are here to assist you with all of your HVAC needs. If you have any questions about heating, please contact us today and we'll be happy to help you.