Falls is here, which means winter is right around the corner. Are you ready for frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall? More importantly, is your home ready for frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall? Climate experts are calling for another harsh winter here in the Baltimore area, making it even more important for homeowners to prepare for the worst. Winter is Coming!
Simple Energy Efficiency Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter
Address Drafty Windows
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), windows account for 25-40% of your annual heating and cooling costs. So where better to start? Check your windows for any obvious gaps. If you find any, use caulking to seal the gaps and prevent heat loss. If your windows are old an inefficient, consider covering them in heavy-duty, clear plastic. This will greatly improve energy efficiency during the winter. If you are looking for a long term answer, consider replacement windows.
Adjust the Thermostat
When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15°. This simple task could help you save around 10% annually. Wow!
Attic insulation plays an important role when it comes to energy efficiency. In the winter, your insulation helps keep cold air out and warm air in, allowing your furnace to work as efficiently as possible.
To ensure you have the right amount of attic insulation, head to your attic. Look across your floor joists. If you can’t easily see your joists, you have enough attic insulation. If your insulation is below the joists, you probably need more.
Don’t waste money because of an inefficient furnace. Fall maintenance can help not only improve the efficiency of your HVAC equipment, but also prevent costly breakdowns, which could literally leave you out in the cold.
Your HVAC system should be inspected and serviced twice annually: spring and fall.
Ensure Your HVAC Equipment is Energy Efficient
Fresh Air Concepts offers HVAC maintenance and installation services throughout the Baltimore area. We also offer several maintenance contracts geared towards extending the life of your HVAC equipment through meticulous inspections and annual maintenance.
To learn more about Energy Efficiency and HVAC Maintenance, please contact Fresh Air Concepts by calling 1-800-708-4FAC or click here today! Make sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as well!